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Hubristic Leadership

1st Edition

Eugene Sadler-Smith
eISBN-13: 9781526453259

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Investigating the societal, economic, financial and reputational costs of hubristic leadership, with insights into the characteristics and causes of this phenomenon, and recommended safeguards to avoid hubris from happening in the first place.


As research into hubristic leadership becomes increasingly popular following recent political developments, the book adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to investigating this form of leadership. Outlining what causes hubristic leadership in the first place, the author looks at how it’s potentially destructive consequences can be anticipated and avoided through an informed stance of moderation, critical analysis and reflexivity.


Examples are drawn from business and politics including the Lehmann Brothers, BP and Deepwater Horizon, Blair and Bush in the Iraq Invasion, NASA, and Donald Trump.


Ideal reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in business and management, leadership, and organizational behaviour.



Check out the Hubris Hub for further information on hubristic leadership, including a regularly updated blog written by author Eugene Sadler-Smith.

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ISBNs 9781526453259, 9781526431172, 9781526431172, 1526453258
Language English
Number of Pages 224
Edition 1st