King Lion, or How to Build an Effective Organization

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Part of the INSEAD Business Press book series (IBP)


Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a forest where no human being had ever set foot, and where there were only animals. Although the animals lived together harmoniously, the forest was a scene of chaos. Fruit and vegetables were harvested too early or too late. Rocks and logs clogged the rivers, choking the fish. Trees fell down without warning, endangering the lives of birds and animals. The time had come, many of the animals thought, to choose a ruler who would establish order in the forest and lead the animal kingdom. But who would be best for the job? All the animals had different ideas and many thought they would make the best candidate. The arguments rolled on and on until the screeching, chattering, roaring, and whistling became a cacophony of noise that filled the forest.


Psychological Contract Effective Organization Healthy Environment Depressive Reaction Oriented Culture 
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© Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
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  1. 1.INSEADFrance
  2. 2.INSEADSingapore
  3. 3.INSEADAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

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