1:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday 5 December 2018

The Hubris Forum

The Hubris Forum will bring together leaders, managers and researchers in order to understand the causes and consequences of hubristic leadership and work out what can be done together to prevent it taking hold and causing harm within organisations.


Surrey Business School, Rik Medlik Building, 66 MS 03
Guildford, Surrey
University of Surrey
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Email Jodie Weller to reserve your place, j.weller@surrey.ac.uk

Hubris is a potentially lethal cocktail of over-confidence, over-ambition, arrogance and pride. It’s a malaise of powerful and successful leaders which is fuelled by prior success and media praise, and feeds off the collusion and conformance of followers. When it’s allied to contempt for the advice and criticism of others it can cause leaders in all walks of life to recklessly over-reach themselves and inflict damage - both financial and reputational - on themselves and their organizations.

At The Hubris Forum you will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the latest research into hubris
  • Have your say on what you think should be done
  • Network with colleagues who are interested in understanding and fixing the causes and consequences of hubris.

The Hubris Forum will be facilitated by Eugene Sadler-Smith and Graham Robinson of Surrey Business School.

Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith is Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Surrey Business School. His current research interests are hubris (in business and political leadership) and intuition (in organizational decision making). He’s the author of a number of books (including Inside Intuition and The Intuitive Mind); his latest book, Hubristic Leadership, will be published by SAGE in November 2018. He has delivered hubris workshops to organizations including the CIPD, ICSA, AcademiWales, the Home Office, Scottish Government and has featured on the front page of Forbes Korea.

Dr Graham Robinson, is a Visiting Senior Fellow at Surrey Business School. He has been a business school faculty member in the UK and the Netherlands; a senior manager and director in two, multinational IT companies and director of a business development consultancy. With Professor Peter Garrard, he is co-editor of The Intoxication of Power (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), an inter-disciplinary collection of chapters on hubristic leadership.


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