Business Standard

Hubris syndrome & two national institutions

NSE and IL&FS- the two egregious examples of hubris syndrome


Representative image

Debashis Basu
David Owen, former foreign secretary of the UK and founder of the Social Democratic Party, was educated as a physician and studied neurology. With this academic training, he has been a keen observer of personality disorders, especially among leaders. He has come up with a theory called the Hubris Syndrome. It is a “disorder of the possession of power, particularly power which has been associated with overwhelming success, held for a period of years and with minimal constraint on the leader”, explains Mr Owen. The syndrome manifests itself in recklessness, lack of attention to detail, massive ego and self-confidence, and
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Oct 29 2018 | 1:39 AM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to