Jack Denfeld Wood

Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Jack Denfeld Wood is Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. His publications and areas of special interest include the role of unconscious processes in leadership and followership, group and inter-group dynamics, and ideology.

Along with his academic work and organizational consultation, Wood was Professor of Management Practice at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in China, and a visiting professor at the Moscow School of Management (Skolkovo), Russia. He is a practicing analyst with a diploma from the CG Jung Institute, Zürich, and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Academy of Management (AOM), the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI), International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA), and the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP), and has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Transactional Analysis Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes, and elsewhere.

Wood’s view of leadership is multilevel, multidimensional, and social-psychological, i.e., he considers leadership not simply an individual collection of traits, nor a series of interpersonal transactions, but leadership is then a social and psychological process that is fundamentally exercised in the small group. Organizational behavior is consequently an expression of conscious cognitive and largely unconscious emotional group and intergroup dynamics. The primary task of leadership development, then, is then to provide the opportunity for individuals to develop their capacity to exercise leadership responsibly.

Wood majored in Government at Colby College in the United States and was an active duty US Air Force officer and pilot following graduation. Following active duty, he continued to fly aircraft for the Air National Guard while earning an MA in social psychology at Syracuse University, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD in organizational behavior at Yale University. His doctoral dissertation was A Theory of Small Group Structure, and combined field and multivariate quantitative research, developing methods for conceptualizing ideology and its influence on the structure, dynamics, and leadership decision making of small groups.

Academic publications
Up close and personal: Building foundations for leaders' development through the personalization of management learning
Courses that aim to foster reflection and personal development in the services of leaders' development are increasingly popular within MBA curricula and executive education portfolios. This paper e...
Published 18 August 2011
Insight for Executives
Entdeckung des Unbewussten - warum man FĂĽhrung nicht lehren kann
Published 1 April 2011
Why classic leadership teaching doesn't work
Leadership is an essential element—perhaps the essential element—of effective management. Exercising leadership responsibly requires more than just providing a vision, communicating it effectively,...
Published 20 January 2011
Building responsible leaders
Ask people to name great leaders, and chances are that they will choose a person who "fought to improve the state of the world" in one way or another; Gandhi, perhaps, or Winston Churchill. They wi...
Published 21 June 2010
Learn to Lead
The responsible exercise of leadership is not the result of putting someone in a particular job, investing him or her with formal authority, and giving them a book of ethical rules to follow. The h...
Published 4 June 2010
In the crowded leadership development market, understanding the difference between coaches, counsellors, and psychotherapists is vital
In recent years, the trend in executive education has turned increasingly toward behavioural topics. Corporations come to business schools and consulting firms seeking professionals skilled in deve...
Published 1 February 2006
How TA found a way
Eric Berne, a psychoanalyst, forged a new innovative path in the field of psychotherapy through reacting positively to rejection and bein a team player.
Published 1 October 2005
Hinter den Kulissen von Verhandlungen
Published 28 February 1998
Verhandlungen sind eine Frage des Klimas
Published 29 November 1997
Viele denken immer noch in Länder-Schubladen
Published 28 November 1997
Was macht Menschen zu Leadern?
Published 7 November 1997
Der Mensch, das unbekannte Wesen
Published 18 July 1997
Construire une Ă©quipe: La mise en Ă©preuve
Published 23 May 1997
La nature de l'idéologie
Published 2 May 1997
Leadership Ă  deux tĂŞte
Published 25 April 1997
Qu'est-ce qui fait le leader?
Published 18 April 1997
Mener à bien des négociations
Published 28 March 1997
Les coulisses de la négociation
Published 21 March 1997
L'art subtil de la négociation
Published 14 March 1997
La culture n'explique pas tout
Published 28 February 1997
Une discipline vitale
Published 24 January 1997
Team building: The great outdoors
The value of outdoor experimental training depends on aligning the attitudes of the individual participant, his or her organization, and the training vendor. Good facilitation is a pre-requisite fo...
Published 15 March 1996