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Power, Gender, Hubris conference “memorable”, “outstanding” and “a feast”. (2017)

“Amongst the most memorable of the many occasions I have attended RSM.” That’s just one of the enthusiastic comments we’ve received about the ‘Power, Gender and Hubris’ conference we co-organised in London recently.

One attendee found it “an outstanding meeting…. I heard lectures I will never forget” while another described it as “…a feast for the intellect of anyone…. interested in understanding the many facets of the current storms our country is now enduring.”

Power, Gender and Hubris was held on 9 May 2017 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. It was organised by the Psychiatry Section of The Royal Society of Medicine in association with the Daedalus Trust and the Medical Women Federation.

We’ll be posting transcripts and links to videos of the event as they come to hand, so please check this site again later.

Our first speaker, Sir Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College and Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham opened proceedings with a bang, analysing the nature of power in the context of his in-depth, personal acquaintance with the last five UK premiers. Of these he rated John Major as the only one not hubristic – while at the other end of the scale, Tony Blair was worst affected.

Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership and Director, Global Centre for Gender and Leadership at the Cranfield School of Management provided what one Twitter observer described as a “brilliant keynote” on the micro practices of power. Tellingly she observed that “if you act outside your stereotype, you won’t be popular.”

Another in a day of highlights was the address by Rebecca Stephens MBE,  the first British woman to climb Everest. Her “amazing stories” presented the experience as a microcosm of leadership in action, reflecting in concentrated form behaviours in daily lives.

Click here for details of Power, Gender, Hubris and keep checking this site for materials as they come to hand.

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