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Leaders on the couch: the case of Roberto Calvi

Author: Kets de Vries, Manfred F. R. INSEAD Area: Organisational Behaviour Series: Working Paper ; 90/40/OB Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 1990.Language: EnglishDescription: 62 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: This paper starts with a review of the psychobiographical or psychohistorical approach to the study of leadership. The advantages and disadvantages of this approach are discussed taking into consideration new theoretical advances in psychoanalytic theory. Particular attention is paid to the role of transference/countertransference in the relationship between researcher and subject. To illustrate how the clinical approach can help deepen our understanding of leadership, a case study is presented of a "tragic hero" type of leader, Roberto Calvi, the late chairman of the Banco Ambrosiano. In this presentation attention will be paid to his inner theater, the clinical picture, and organizational dynamics
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This paper starts with a review of the psychobiographical or psychohistorical approach to the study of leadership. The advantages and disadvantages of this approach are discussed taking into consideration new theoretical advances in psychoanalytic theory. Particular attention is paid to the role of transference/countertransference in the relationship between researcher and subject. To illustrate how the clinical approach can help deepen our understanding of leadership, a case study is presented of a "tragic hero" type of leader, Roberto Calvi, the late chairman of the Banco Ambrosiano. In this presentation attention will be paid to his inner theater, the clinical picture, and organizational dynamics

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