Manfred Kets de Vries to Speak at The Leadership Lectures series at FIU

The Center for Leadershipat Florida International University is pleased to announce that Manfred Kets de Vries, a distinguished professor, renown author and one of the founding professionals in the development of leadership as a field and discipline, will visit the Modesto Maidique campus on November 16.

Kets de Vries will deliver a public lecture on “The Leadership Challenge: A Cultural Odyssey,” at 9 am at the College of Law, RDB 1000 located at 11200 SW 8th Street. The lecture, which is part of the Center’s The Leadership Lectures series, is free and open to the public.

“We are honored to host Professor Kets de Vries, the world’s leading contributor to human resource management, at FIU,” said Modesto A. Maidique, president emeritus of FIU and executive director of the Center for Leadership. “His exceptional work in the clinical study of organizational leadership has been fundamental to understanding how emotions impact decision-making and how human behavior affects the operation of an organization.”

Known as one of Europe’s leading management thinkers, Kets de Vries brings a different view to the subjects of leadership and individual and organizational change. He specializes in the areas of leadership, career dynamics, executive stress, entrepreneurship, family business, succession planning, cross-cultural management, team building, coaching, and the dynamics of corporate transformation.

Kets de Vries is a clinical professor of leadership development at INSEAD, one of the world’s largest graduate business schools with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. He is also the founder of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Center. In addition, Kets de Vries has lectured at numerous management institutions around the world and has been the author, co-author and editor of over 35 books. His books and articles have been translated into thirty-one languages.

The Leadership Lectures series, presented by Mercantil Commercebank, features world-class, accomplished and influential leaders with expertise ranging from business and philanthropy to public service and academic research. The main goal of the series is to allow the South Florida community to have access to the expertise, advice and best practices of some the world’s foremost leadership minds.

To attend The Leadership Lectures series with Manfred Kets De Vries, please register online or visit for further information.

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