The Leadership Hubris Epidemic

Biological Roots and Strategies for Prevention

  • Peter Garrard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Coates, Mark Gurnell, Zoltan Sarnyai
      Pages 25-56
  3. Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Adrian Furnham
      Pages 69-92
    3. J.W. Dagless
      Pages 93-135
    4. Dennis Tourish
      Pages 137-162
  4. Hygiene and Antidotes

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-236

About this book


This edited collection surveys and analyses the multidimensional problem of Hubris syndrome, and its deleterious effect on leadership within organisations. The study develops an extended metaphor of the social and political ill of Hubris as a virulent, communicable disease of dysfunctional leadership, illustrating its ubiquity and potential for serious harm. Taking a biological perspective to understand the possible underlying mechanisms as well as the environments in which hubris has been found to thrive, contributors emphasise the notion of prevention over cure. Divided into three sections, The Leadership Hubris Epidemic examines psychological, neuroendocrinological and neuropsychological approaches to the biology of Hubris, explores factors that encourage or inhibit its growth, and finally provides methods for preventing or retarding its development. This book has huge interdisciplinary appeal and scholars of biology, psychology, sociology, management, and politics will find the topic extremely useful, as well as anyone who is interested in the structure and governance of organisations.


leadership management neuroscience psychology organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Garrard
    • 1
  1. 1.St George’s, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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