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Hubris: intoxicated with power?

  • Audience:
    Open to all public and third sector staff in Wales
  • Dates:
    Currently being redesigned for online delivery – due in 2021


“A hubristic leader can create a particular kind of ‘toxicity’ who, by virtue of their destructive behaviours and their dysfunctional personal qualities or characteristics, inflict serious and enduring harm on the individuals, groups, organisations, communities and even the nations that they lead”.
Jean Lipman-Burman (2014) Ivey Business Journal, University of Western Ontario 2014

  • Have you ever felt that the ‘normal rules’ don’t apply when you try and communicate with your boss?
  • Have you ever found that you have to use flattery in order to gain agreement or approval?
  • Have you ever had a boss whose decisions didn’t seem to follow any kind of logic, even being rash or reckless?

Hubris is a particular form of narcissism evoked by a certain trigger - power. And we are all vulnerable to its grip.

Drawing on insights from philosophers, business leaders and clinicians, this half-day workshop explores the possible causes of hubris and examines its destructive effects. It examines the behaviour of leaders past and present and poses the question:

Is hubris a disorder of personality, unbridled intuition or an over-used skill?

Benefits to you

You will gain:

  • a greater understanding of, and ways to recognise hubris
  • an opportunity to consider your own vulnerability to hubris
  • strategies to enable you to remain your ‘best self’

“Very thought provoking, loved it!”

“Approaches this difficult and emotive topic in an accessible way”

“Gave me tips on managing people like this”

“This subject is off-the-chart interesting”

Leadership behaviours

This learning programme will help you to develop your leadership behaviours in the following areas:

Learning and self-awareness

Drive and resilience

Building collaboration and partnership

Sharing leadership

Target audience

Open to all public and third sector staff in Wales.


Please note that all courses are free, unless otherwise stated.

How to apply

Currently being redesigned for online delivery – due in 2021.