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Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders

About the Course:

This course aims to enrich psychologists, consultants, coaches, therapists, leaders, and all professionals’ understanding of communication within their teams through the use of structural dynamics theory. The course will offer a background in structural dynamics with in depth coverage of communication differences in low stakes versus high stakes situations. With a focus on leadership behavior in high-stakes situations, the practitioner will be able to intervene effectively in group dynamics and its outcomes. The textbook serves as a go-to resource for leading teams.



Publication Date:

1 edition (May 1, 2012)


David Kantor, Ph.D.

About the Author:

David Kantor, Ph.D., is a systems psychologist, organizational consultant, and clinical researcher. Formerly Kantor was the head of Monitor Kantor Enterprises (MKE), a business unit of Monitor Group. Kantor has been a professor at Harvard University, Harvard University Medical School, and Tufts University Medical School. He also founded and served as director of the Kantor Family Institute, a postgraduate training center in Boston, and The Kantor Institute, a training center for therapists, consultants, coaches, and leaders.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for healthcare professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers who seek knowledge about understanding communication within teams through the use of structural dynamics theory. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Distinguish amongst the levels of structural dynamics and apply to conversation.

  2. Describe how a childhood story shapes an individual’s behavioral profile.

  3. Recognize a narrative purpose within an individual, a team, or corporation.

  4. Distinguish between low stakes and high stakes communications and behaviors.

  5. Identify the aspects of a leadership model and develop own leadership model.

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