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66 MS 03, Surrey Business School

Rik Medlik Building

Stag Hill

Guildford

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‘Pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall’

The worlds of business and politics are plagued currently by an epidemic of hubris. Look no further than recent events in Donald Trump’s Presidency or the leadership of Tesla, Carillion and a host of other organizations that have been infected by hubris. Its damaging effects are pervasive and persistent; ten years on from the financial crisis we’re all still counting the cost of hubristic leadership at Lehman Brothers, Royal Bank of Scotland to name but two. And nobody wants to be next.

Hubris is a potentially lethal cocktail of over-confidence, over-ambition, arrogance and pride. It’s a malaise of powerful and successful leaders, fuelled by prior success and media praise, which 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, their organizations and its employees.

The Hubris Forum will bring together leaders and managers from a wide variety of organizations with business school researchers in order to understand the causes and consequences of hubristic leadership and work out what we can do to prevent it taking hold and causing harm.

By attending the Hubris Forum you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about the latest research into hubris, have your say on what you think should be done, and network with colleagues who are interested in understanding and fixing the causes and consequences of hubris.

The Hubris Forum will be facilitated by Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith and Dr Graham Robinson from Surrey Business School’s ‘Hubris Project’.

Who should attend and what will you get out of it?

Hubris knows no boundaries. The Hubris Forum will be of interest to leaders and managers in all types of organizations where the hazard of leaders over-reaching themselves poses serious financial and reputational risks to the well-being of the business and its employees.

On the basis that ‘prevention is better than cure’, you’ll come away with an understanding of what to look out for and how to fix the potential problem of hubris before it starts.

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The Hubris Forum will combine expert inputs from Surrey Business School researchers with opportunities for dialogue and discussion, and an interchange of ideas.

13.30-13.45: Arrival and Registration

13.45-14.45: Characteristics, causes and consequences of hubris (Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith and Dr Graham Robinson)

14.45-15.30: Round table conversations: what you think can and should be done about the hubris hazard

15.30-15.45: Break

15.45-16.30: Next steps: Combatting the hubris hazard in organizations

If you require parking information, please email Jodie Weller (sbs@surrey.ac.uk).

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66 MS 03, Surrey Business School

Rik Medlik Building

Stag Hill

Guildford

GU2 7XH

United Kingdom

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