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 Editor-at-Large Michal Lev-Ram 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
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