November 13, 2020

Boris Johnson’s special adviser, Dominic Cummings, faced accusations of hubris in the press in May this year over breaking lockdown restrictions.  Six months on, it’s Friday the 13th of November and it seems that Cummings is quitting Downing Street.  President Trump, a...

June 9, 2020

Hubris is often depicted as indisputably a bad thing, however hubris also has a 'bright side' according to research published recently in the Journal of Management Studies.  A qualitative study led by Janina Sundermeier (Freie Universitat Berlin) of hubristic leader be...

March 4, 2020

Hubris causes us to over-estimate what can go right and under-estimate what can go wrong.  In this article in Time magazine the medical historian Mark Honigsbaum reminds us that perhaps the biggest lesson from the recent run of epidemics is that while scientific knowle...

February 14, 2020

In their peerless role at the top of their organisations it's easy for CEOs to become over-confident and irrationally exuberant, but excellent CEOs recognise this and take steps to guard against hubris according to a recent report from McKinsey and Co. To find out more...

January 1, 2020

Esquire magazine's Political Editor asks has human hubris allowed us to ignore the mounting signs that our very hospitable planet is becoming increasingly less hospitable for human habitation?

December 5, 2019

Quentin Letts, writing in The Sun, offers a Classical 'wise warning' about the hubris hazard to Boris Johnson: "the ancient Greeks had a word for it"...

December 5, 2019

It'd be surprising if this General Election was a hubris-free zone, but fear not! All three main political protagonists haven't disappointed according the these, admittedly partial, stories in the Scottish Daily Record (Swinson), Prospect magazine (Corbyn) and The...

November 21, 2019

New research from the Australian National University (ANU) has found overconfidence, driven by outstanding performance, is the decisive factor when companies behave badly. High-performing companies behave unethically because past successes make them arrogant; if they t...

October 4, 2019

The Ancient Greeks had a word for it - 'hybris'. The outcome invariably was tragedy.  This recent item from CNN on impeachment proceedings speculates on whether history might be finally catching-up with Donald Trump.

April 4, 2019

According to Angela Merkel’s authorized biographer Stefan Kornelius writing in Süddeutsche Zeitung , when the dust eventually settles one of the big stories of Brexit will be the ‘self-overestimation' which led to 'collapse of political authority, dilettantism, ta...

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Lord David Owen wrote recently that he has been pursuing the matter of hubris on the part of leaders in politics and business for the past 15 years. ‘...

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