Leadership Next

Something big is happening in the world of business. CEOs increasingly say their jobs have become less about giving orders, more about inspiring, motivating, setting a north star. They are taking the lead on big issues like climate change, worker retraining, and diversity and inclusion. They are under pressure from employees, customers and investors not just to turn a profit, but to prove they are doing good in the world. And in the process, they are fundamentally redefining the relationship between business and society. Join Fortune CEO Alan Murray and Senior Editor Ellen McGirt as they probe the best of these leaders for insight into what they're doing, why they're doing it, and what impact it is having.

Business News
Etsy: An Amazing Year During a Terrible Time
CEO Josh Silverman talks face masks, machine learning, and the importance of being a good corporate citizen.
28 min
Why This CEO Wants to 'Democratize' Real Estate
Cadre's Ryan Williams thinks more people should be able to invest in the asset class.
28 min
Boosting Diversity in Drug Trials
Genentech CEO Alexander Hardy is determined to do his part to improve health equity.
28 min
Advice and Inspiration from Hint's Kara Goldin
This founder and CEO doesn't take 'no' for an answer.
24 min
The Race for 5G
AT&T Chairman Bill Kennard talks 5G, broadband access, and more.
26 min
Will Bitcoin Disrupt Visa's Business?
That's just one of the topics covered in this conversation with CEO Al Kelly.
25 min
Producing N95 Masks During the Pandemic
3M CEO Mike Roman joins Leadership Next.
27 min
ESG Investing: A Fad, or Here to Stay?
The desire to invest in companies that are doing good for people and planet marks a fundamental shift, according to S&P Global's Doug Peterson.
25 min
Jeff Immelt Explains What Went Wrong at GE
The former CEO also offers crisis management advice, his take on corporate diversity initiatives, and more.
33 min
Is Augmented Reality Coming to Your Business?
Magic Leap's Peggy Johnson says "yes," comparing AR to the adoption of mobile phones.
26 min
Tristan Walker: Companies Need a Plan to Serve ...
The CEO of Walker & Company talks about selling his company to Procter & Gamble, and offers advice to other Black entrepreneurs.
27 min
Business Sets Priorities for 2021
Hear from Pfizer's Albert Bourla, GM's Mary Barra and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg.
26 min
Need Help Improving Your Company's Diversity Ef...
After George Floyd was killed many companies promised to improve their DEI efforts. Now it's time for action, and two initiatives are here to help.
29 min
Check Out Fortune's Newest Podcast
Fortune Brainstorm explores how technology is reshaping our world.
28 min
What We've Learned About Leaders in 2020
Leadership Next looks back at Season One, and ahead to 2021.
27 min
What Does the Future Hold for Oil Giant Chevron?
Leadership Next speaks with Chevron CEO Mike Wirth.
29 min
TIAA's Roger Ferguson on Avoiding a Double-Dip ...
With coronavirus hitting the U.S. with renewed force, a recession is looking more likely.
28 min
Beyond Meat CEO: Why Business Is Quickest Route...
Ethan Brown set out to tackle the world's climate problems, and determined he could drive more change through business than through non-profits or government.
18 min
Michelle Gass: Retooling Kohl's Strategy In the...
Plus, diversity efforts at the company, and Kohl's approach to stakeholder capitalism.
29 min
Nike's CEO Went on a Vision Quest: Here's What ...
John Donahoe also has advice for purpose-driven companies.
29 min
Are CEOs Truly Committed to Purpose Beyond Profit?
In a nod to Election Day, Leadership Next is engaging in a hallmark of American democracy: debate.
31 min
COVID-19 Vaccine: Sanofi CEO Shares Company's P...
CEO Paul Hudson says refocusing on the company’s purpose has brought energy and innovation to its search for a vaccine.
20 min
If A.I. Is Not Regulated, 'We Are Going to Be S...
Tom Siebel, CEO of C3.ai, thinks business needs to adopt artificial intelligence at scale, but with restrictions.
25 min
HP Says the Pandemic Has Given 3D Printing a Boost
CEO Enrique Lores explains, and shares several ways the coronavirus pandemic has driven change at the company.
24 min
Whole Foods Founder: How Merging With Amazon Is...
John Mackey also talks COVID-19, pay caps and "conscious capitalism."
19 min
Ursula Burns: 'This Is a Make or Break Moment f...
The former Xerox CEO believes business must do better for its employees, communities and the planet.
29 min
No Water, No Beer: AB InBev’s Case for Stakehol...
CEO Carlos Brito explains why helping local communities thrive is a business imperative for the world's largest brewer.
22 min
How the CEO of Lowe's Is Boosting Diversity Com...
Marvin Ellison: "Focus on the areas where I can drive the greatest amount of change."
24 min
PayPal CEO: 'Capitalism Needs an Upgrade'
PayPal's Dan Schulman was one of the first CEOs to proclaim the importance of moral leadership.
28 min
Why Levi's Cares About Gun Control and Voting
Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi Strauss & Co, also talks about guiding his company through the coronavirus pandemic.
35 min
Beth Ford: Rural America's Problems Are a 'Nati...
Much of rural America lacks internet access, and that's an issue that should worry all of us, according to the CEO of Land O'Lakes.
33 min
What's Next for the Hotel Industry?
Hyatt's Mark Hoplamazian details how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted his hotels, and what the industry needs in order to recover.
28 min
Workday CEO: 'Companies need to have a soul'
For Aneel Bhusri, taking care of employees and his community is key to running a successful company.
32 min
Brian Moynihan: 'It isn't a gimmick. This is ho...
The Bank of America CEO has been practicing stakeholder capitalism for years. Now he wants to figure out how to measure it.
27 min
Nextdoor's Sarah Friar: Fighting Racism, One Ne...
While the social network can't end systemic racism, Nextdoor's CEO firmly believes her platform can encourage the understanding and empathy needed to fight the problem.
28 min
Here's How to Win the War for Talent
Bill McDermott, CEO of ServiceNow, says today's talent war rewards leaders with a "soft touch."
25 min
Why More Companies Should Consider Becoming B C...
Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber makes a passionate case for pursuing the B Corporation certification.
28 min
Airbnb's Brian Chesky: 'We are a better compan...
The COVID-19 crisis has brought the travel industry to its knees, but Airbnb's CEO sees good things ahead for his company. Here's why.
30 min
How Paul Polman Wants to Change the World
As CEO of Unilever he was an early proponent of stakeholder capitalism - and he's still beating that drum.
29 min
GM CEO Mary Barra Is Looking to Drive Change
She feels "a sense of urgency" to continue making General Motors an inclusive workplace.
29 min
How to Talk to Your Employees About Race and Ra...
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Upwork's Head of Diversity, Dr. Erin Thomas, join Leadership Next.
32 min
Coronavirus and the Art of Unbossed Leadership
Vas Narasimhan is the CEO of Novartis. With both a public policy and a medical degree he has deep insight on the COVID-19 pandemic, and what's needed to lead through the crisis.
31 min
Working for Women: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Enge...
Cathy Engelbert has pushed to advance women both on the basketball court and in corporate America.
25 min
Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promise. Now W...
Moderna's co-founder and the CEO of Flagship Pioneering, Noubar Afeyan, joins Leadership Next.
24 min
Mastercard CEO: Pandemic Is Pushing Adoption of...
Ajay Banga on the lasting impacts of the coronavirus.
30 min
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Tackles the Coronav...
The CEO has channeled resources to provide PPE, help vulnerable populations and more. But now it's on to the next challenge: helping the country return to work.
22 min
Answering Calls for Help: Business Is Pivoting ...
KR Sridhar of Bloom Energy and Jane Mosbacher Morris of To the Market have marshaled their company resources in different ways to provide supplies like ventilators and masks to health care workers.
24 min
Eileen Fisher: Focused on Using Business for Go...
Eileen Fisher may not have known much about business when she started her women's clothing line in 1984, but she knew she wanted to run things differently. And she has.
27 min
IBM's Ginni Rometty on the Urgent Need to Reski...
With coronavirus driving unemployment sky high, it's up to companies to retrain workers for a digital future.
26 min
Measuring Company Responses to COVID-19
JUST Capital tracks how effectively companies are meeting the challenges presented by the coronavirus.
29 min
Coronavirus Tests and Vaccines: Ammunition in t...
Johnson & Johnson is closing in on a promising coronavirus vaccine according to CEO Alex Gorsky, while Stan Bergman's company- Henry Schein - has unveiled a new test for the virus.
32 min
Mark Cuban Is Pouring Money Into Coronavirus Re...
The NBA season may be on hold, but the Dallas Mavericks owner is still paying all hourly workers who would typically report to his team's arena.
19 min
Fighting COVID-19: Regeneron's George Yancopoulos
Regeneron's Chief Scientific Officer says the company has developed a drug to treat coronavirus.
26 min
Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson: Sustainability Is ...
Johnson lays out his company's plans to cut carbon emissions, waste, and water usage.
23 min
Microsoft's Satya Nadella: How to Save Capitalism
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella firmly believes that his company has a greater societal responsibility beyond just making money.
19 min
Leadership Next: Alan Murray Previews Season 1
The podcast that examines the evolving role of today's CEO, and what that means for the future of business
2 min