The Psychology of Richard III and Business at Leicestershire IoD Event

Posted by ap507 at Jan 28, 2014 10:45 AM |

Issued by IoD East Midlands on 28 January 2014

Please note: This event has now been cancelled.

Just who was King Richard III and what made him tick will be analysed and discussed at an Institute of Directors (IoD) event in Leicester next month.

The University of Leicester’s Professor Mark Lansdale, will speak to Leicestershire businesses and students about the last Plantagenet King’s psychological make-up. He will also tell how the University’s School of Psychology can help entrepreneurs and businesses alike assess their own strengths and weaknesses.

The IoD event will be held early evening at the School of Management, University of Leicester, on Thursday 13 February. Bookings can be made via the IoD at

John Jennings, IoD Leicestershire Chairman, said: “The psychology of business is a science in itself and to discuss the pros and cons of what makes business leaders tick, in the light of the recent analysis about Richard III, will be fascinating. One of my favourite psychology quotes is;‘whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right’.”

Professor Lansdale, with forensic psychologist Dr Julian Boon, put together a psychological analysis of Richard III based on the consensus among historians relating to Richard’s experiences and actions. They found that while there was no evidence for Shakespeare’s depiction of Richard as a psychopath, he may have had “intolerance to uncertainty syndrome”- which may have manifested in control freak tendencies.



Contact Points for further information:


Ron Lynch, IoD East Midlands Regional Director on 0115  8486190 or 07939 584626.

Janet Wootton, IoD East Midlands Public Relations Officer on 0115 9139760. e-mail:

Ather Mirza, Director, University of Leicester News Centre: 0116 252 3335;

Notes to editors:

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 38,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.
  • The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.
  • The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with ten UK centres (three in London, one each in Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast) and one in Paris, conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.
  • The University of Leicester is a leading UK University committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. Leicester is the most socially inclusive of Britain's top-20 leading universities. The University of Leicester is The Times/Sunday Times 2014 University of the Year Runner-Up and the THE University of the Year 2008-9.  Leicester is the only University to win seven consecutive awards from the Times Higher. Leicester is ranked 13th out of 119 institutions by The Guardian University Guide; 14th out of 121 institutions by The Times/Sunday Times and the University is ranked among the top two-per cent in the world by the QS World University Rankings,  Taiwan World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings.

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