Hubris Syndrome - When Leaders Fail to Serve


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engagement-team (Free Agent) Posted 1 month ago

We are students of Leadership and Management. One of the leadership concepts that we fully embrace is that of servant leadership. When a leader fails to believe in and serve their people, this is a dangerous precedent to a toxic culture and failing business. Success, at times, can be a terrible teacher. For leaders who have a long stretch of success, this can lead to what consultants call the Hubris Syndrome.

In Greek tragedy, hubris was the downfall of the Heroe. Jonathan Davidson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, defines the Hubris Syndrome as a “disorder of the possession of power, particularly power which has been associated with overwhelming success, held for a period of years.” With respect to executive leadership, it results in an inflated ego and an unchecked power. This is a dangerous precedent as you lose touch with the pulse of your organization as well as with your people.


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