Dedicated to exploring hubris
There is a growing body of opinion that the exercise of power can distort thinking and create personality changes in leaders that affect their decision making. The Daedalus Trust’s mission is to raise awareness of such changes and understand them better.
Its mission is primarily to raise awareness of hubris and Hubris Syndrome in public and business life, and secondarily to encourage multi-disciplinary research and generate financial support to seed-fund worthwhile research projects.
Since its formation, the Trust has actively pursued its mission in a variety of ways that include:
- A website that is both a central repository of knowledge on the subject, and the hub of a growing international community that shares our interest in, and concern about hubris
- Annual conferences bringing together leading speakers to discuss hubris from medical, business and interdisciplinary perspectives. Our first, in 2012, was organised jointly with the Royal Society of Medicine, our second in 2013 with the Cambridge Judge Business School. In 2014, we again partnered with the RSM
- Regular Research Cafés where issues surrounding hubris are discussed with a view to identifying worthwhile areas of research
- Making grants to enable interdisciplinary academic study into hubris.
All these events and services are designed to help boards, directors, managers, recruiters, academics, business thinkers and journalists identify, mitigate or manage the catastrophic effects hubris can have.
“A good case could be made… that hubris is at the root of the ills that have plagued businesses in recent years.” Mathew Hayward, associate professor of management, University of Colorado.
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In Greek mythology, Daedalus advised his son Icarus to be bold enough to fly but not to fly so high that the sun’s heat would melt the wax of the wings he had fashioned for him.
Thrilled by his initial aerobatic successes, Icarus ignored his father’s advice and paid the ultimate price – a sobering demonstration of unjustified self confidence and the abuse of power.