Lord David Owen, Former Foreign Secretary, talks about how increasing power and authority can adversely influence a leaders judgement.

by David Owen

David Owen

Lord David Owen studied medicine at Cambridge and St Thomas' Hospital where he was neurological and psychiatric registrar, and Research Fellow on the Medical Unit. From 1966-92 he was Member of Parliament for Plymouth. Under Labour Governments, he served as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary. He was co-founder of the Social Democratic Party, established in 1981, and Leader from 1983-90. He now sits as an independent social democrat in the House of Lords. From 1992-95 Lord Owen served as EU peace negotiator in the former Yugoslavia. He is currently on the Board of Abbott Laboratories Inc, Chairman of Europe Steel and has business interests in Russia. He is also a Director of the Center for International Humanitarian Co

Keeping a check on power and how it affects individuals, including ourselves, is important in order for institutions to run well.

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