Philanthropists, pioneers and psychopaths: the psychology of leadership

Good quality evidence around successful leadership styles is not common, but one useful line of research emphasises the importance of good leaders evidencing both humility and drive.
Nick Maguire
Disruptor: Dr Nick Maguire
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Good quality evidence around successful leadership styles is not common, but one useful line of research emphasises the importance of good leaders evidencing both humility and drive.

These qualities need to be tensioned against each other; too much ill-considered drive without humility leads to behaviours which may be self-serving and to the cost of the organisation in staff resource.

Too much humility without drive may lead to an organisation which does not engage in difficult decisions necessary to develop appropriately in the face of environmental change. These qualities and the tension between them can be expressed in terms of behaviours which can have an effect, on others.

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Content and learning styles

The forum will combine academic and industry examples with unique insights and thought-provoking presentations to stimulate in-depth discussions.

Peer learning is a big part of the day and you will be given every opportunity to share ideas and learn not only from the speaker but also, from others in the group.

Speaker profile: Dr Nick Maguire

Dr Nick Maguire is a key contributor to 4iforum and is Deputy Head of Psychology (Education) at the University of Southampton.

He qualified in 1999 as a Clinical Psychologist from Southampton, having completed his undergraduate degree at the University. Nick always combined clinical with academic roles, until 2006 when he came to the University full-time.

Whilst working for the NHS he set up a number of projects treating homeless people with the aim of reducing antisocial behaviours and concomitant eviction rates. Nick sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group for complex needs and mental health, and a working group supporting the National Inclusion Health board. 

He is also a founding member of the Faculty of Homeless Healthcare.

His current role at the University enables him to make use of his clinical training in a number of areas in addition to researching homelessness issues, including mediation and bringing a psychological approach to good management and leadership.

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