Leadership Insights

Leadership Insights is the home of our Fellows' research and provocation pieces which they complete as part of their Fellowship programme, in addition to specially commissioned research carried out by, and on behalf of, Clore Social Leadership.


Anti Hero

Anti Hero

By Richard Wilson , October 2013

The hidden revolution in leadership and change

Richard Wilson's report argues that developmental psychology can explain why our leaders in politics, banking and across the media continue to let us down. The report proposes that, in order to meet challenges like unemployment, climate and obesity, we need a fundamental rethink in how leadership is taught in our universities and organisations.

The report outlines a new type of leader, the anti-hero, a person who "creates change through transcending traditional heroic virtues, and whose impact is often unnoticed but nevertheless vital". It also includes a series of exercises for readers to try.

This report was launched at the RSA in October 2013, and speakers alongside Richard included Clore Social's Dame Mary Marsh and RSA Chief Executive Matthew Taylor.

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