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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.

Insight for Executives
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Entdeckung des Unbewussten - warum man Führung nicht lehren kann
Leadership
1 April 2011
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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...

Leadership
4 June 2010
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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...

Organizational Learning Coaching
1 February 2006
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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.

Leadership Psychology Team
1 October 2005
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Hinter den Kulissen von Verhandlungen
Negotiation
28 February 1998
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Verhandlungen sind eine Frage des Klimas
Negotiation
29 November 1997
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Viele denken immer noch in Länder-Schubladen
28 November 1997
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Was macht Menschen zu Leadern?
Leadership
7 November 1997
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Der Mensch, das unbekannte Wesen
18 July 1997
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Construire une équipe: La mise en épreuve
Team
23 May 1997
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La nature de l'idéologie
Leadership
2 May 1997
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Leadership à deux tête
Leadership
25 April 1997
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Qu'est-ce qui fait le leader?
Leadership
18 April 1997
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Mener à bien des négociations
Negotiation
28 March 1997
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Les coulisses de la négociation
Negotiation
21 March 1997
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L'art subtil de la négociation
Negotiation
14 March 1997
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La culture n'explique pas tout
Culture
28 February 1997
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Une discipline vitale
Organizational Behavior
24 January 1997