Curb your narcissistic chief executives. (2014)
“Last month, I attended a conference …., which considered the question of leadership under stress and suffering from hubris. It was a fascinating day.
Stefan Stern, Writer on Business, Politics and Management
Ft.com>management, 3 December 2014
“How do you know if your chief executive is out of control? Here are a few behaviour patterns to look out for:
- Excessive confidence in the individual’s own judgment and contempt for advice or criticism.
- Restlessness, recklessness and impulsiveness.
- A narcissistic propensity to see their world primarily as an arena in which to exercise power and seek glory.
- Loss of contact with reality, often associated with progressive isolation.
- A disproportionate concern with image and presentation.
“These are some of the symptoms of a changed personality in leaders, labelled ‘hubris syndrome’ by Jonathan Davidson and Lord Owen (the former MP David Owen) in an academic paper five years ago. Last month, I attended a conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, organised by Lord Owen, which considered the question of leadership under stress and suffering from hubris. It was a fascinating day.”
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