#112 – The Risks and Perils of the Rise of Disordered Minds in Leadership with Ian Hughes

Leadership positions, even in democratic societies, often become breeding grounds for the abuse of power. This alarming reality is evident right before our very eyes.

From the physics labs of Northern Ireland to the depths of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Ian Hughes has seen firsthand the potent influence of dangerous personalities in shaping our society. As the acclaimed author of “Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities are Destroying Democracy”, Ian’s meticulous research and profound understanding of history and human psychology unravel the complex interplay of psychological and societal dynamics that enable individuals with personality disorders to rise to positions of authority. Once in power, it is not uncommon for these individuals to perpetuate cycles of abuse through their leadership.

On this episode of The Workplace Communication Podcast, prepare for a gripping discussion as Ian shares profound insights into how personality disorders can profoundly impact societal structures and leadership. His thought-provoking insights will challenge your thinking, prompting you to explore innovative ways to reshape our communities to counteract the influence of dangerous minds. Along the way, Ian draws compelling parallels to the business and leadership that will leave you hungry for more.

Leadership tips you won’t want to miss:

🎙️ Recognizing the correlation between trauma and the development of personality disorders

🎙️ Understanding the role of nurture versus nature in the emergence of dangerous personalities

🎙️ Reimagining leadership qualities beyond competitiveness and dominance

🎙️ Challenging fixed narratives and consensual knowledge to pave the way for positive change

🎙️ Valuing care and compassion in society to counterbalance the allure of destructive leadership

Ian Hughes is author of “Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities are Destroying Democracy”. His background is in physics and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and his current research focuses on the transformation to a more environmentally sustainable society that can better support human flourishing. 

If you’re looking to understand the intricate web of personality disorders, leadership, and societal transformation, then this episode is for you!

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Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech-Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two neurodivergent children, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

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Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two children with pervasive mental health challenges, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

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