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The Leadership Hubris Epidemic: Biological roots and strategies for prevention. (2017)

“(Portrays) Hubris as a virulent, communicable disease of dysfunctional leadership … takes a biological perspective to understand the possible underlying mechanisms …. has huge interdisciplinary appeal…”

Edited by Peter Garrard, Professor of Neurology at St George’s University of London, and Deputy Director of the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute, UK.
Pub Palgrave MacMillan

Publisher’s summary:

  • Explores the effect of hubris on financial decision making
  • Examines the interactions between personality, organizational culture and performance in managerial and leadership roles
  • Discusses the symbiotic relationship of the media and individual hubris

Publisher’s synopsis:

“This edited collection surveys and analyses the multidimensional problem of Hubris syndrome, and its deleterious effect on leadership within organisations.

“The study develops an extended metaphor of the social and political ill of Hubris as a virulent, communicable disease of dysfunctional leadership, illustrating its ubiquity and potential for serious harm. Taking a biological perspective to understand the possible underlying mechanisms as well as the environments in which hubris has been found to thrive, contributors emphasise the notion of prevention over cure.

“Divided into three sections, The Leadership Hubris Epidemic examines psychological, neuroendocrinological and neuropsychological approaches to the biology of Hubris, explores factors that encourage or inhibit its growth, and finally provides methods for preventing or retarding its development.

“This book has huge interdisciplinary appeal and scholars of biology, psychology, sociology, management, and politics will find the topic extremely useful, as well as anyone who is interested in the structure and governance of organisations.”

Available now for download as an eBook: hard copy version available to pre-order for delivery from 1 November 2017: The Leadership Hubris Epidemic

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