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.

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A.I. Is Still Human Intelligence
Genpact CEO Tiger Tyagarajan on A.I.'s potential to augment our intelligence, not replace it.
33 min
Citi CEO Jane Fraser is Bringing Empathy to Ban...
Why turning around one of the world's biggest banks requires collaboration, equity and understanding.
35 min
Cigna's David Cordani is Expanding the Definiti...
Why prioritizing mental and emotional health is good for society, and for business.
30 min
Affirm CEO Max Levchin on the Potential of Buy ...
Can Affirm's installment payment plans replace credit cards?
30 min
What Makes Progressive a Top Workplace for Women?
CEO Tricia Griffith has been pursing DEI initiatives at the company for over 15 years.
22 min
Most Powerful Women on Leadership Next
Hear from Melinda Gates, TIAA's Thasunda Brown Duckett, AMD's Lisa Su and Cynt Marshall of the Dallas Mavericks.
38 min
Wharton's Dean on Prepared Leadership
Dean Erika H. James has some advice on leading in a crisis.
24 min
An Introduction to Fortune's Newest Podcast
'Where's My Village?' is Fortune's podcast about the childcare crisis in America, and the stories of people who are trying to fix it.
41 min
Running a Sustainable Business Is Good for the ...
AB InBev's CEO Michel Doukeris says the beer giant's focus on ESG is not a fad.
25 min
Ray Dalio on the Big Challenges Threatening the...
Too much debt, political division and other troubles threaten our economy. What can leaders do to avert disaster?
28 min
'We're In the Same Storm, But Our Boats Are Pre...
How the pandemic changed Zoetis CEO Kristin' Peck's approach to leadership.
30 min
ESG Investing Likely Here to Stay, Despite Poli...
President of the New York Stock Exchange, Lynn Martin, joins Leadership Next.
28 min
This Tech CEO Is Not Buying the Web3 Hype
Aaron Levie is the co-founder and CEO of Box.
28 min
Are You Happy at Your Job?
Indeed CEO Chris Hyams on why the answer to that question is more important than ever.
32 min
Instacart Is Optimistic About Its Future
CEO Fidji Simo on continuing to deliver great food with just the click of a button.
30 min
The Geopolitics of Semiconductors
Arm CEO Rene Haas on being the Switzerland of the computer chip industry.
22 min
Arianna Huffington and Tony Bates on Empathetic...
Why empathy should be a business strategy.
31 min
Maven Makes Women's Health a Priority
CEO Kate Ryder on the importance of comprehensive healthcare and the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade.
24 min
Panera's Purpose Is Baked Into Its Brand
Serving sustainable food while creating a sustainable workplace
20 min
Shipping Is a Hot Topic
Maersk's CEO on how the Pandemic, conflict in Russia and climate change have made the shipping industry a global talking point.
28 min
The Freelance Economy May Be Bigger Than You Think
According to Hayden Brown, the CEO of Upwork.
30 min
Deloitte presents: Leadership Transformed
PAID CONTENT FROM DELOITTE: To mark the 100th episode of the Leadership Next podcast series, Fortune Media CEO Alan Murray and Deloitte US CEO Joe Ucuzoglu discuss the future of business.
26 min
Our 100th Episode: Levi Strauss, Nasdaq and JUS...
Leadership Next checks in with previous guests to hear about progress they've made on curbing gun violence, building more diverse corporate boards and more.
35 min
Doug McMillon on Walmart's Regenerative Future
Prioritizing sustainability and navigating leadership from the top of the Fortune 500.
33 min
Intuit's CEO Is Moving the Company Beyond Taxes...
Sasan Goodarzi considers Intuit a "40-year-old startup." Here's why.
28 min
Edward Jones CEO on Crypto, Recession and the I...
Penny Pennington says a human-centered approach to business is key to her company's success.
32 min
How did this healthcare provider's patients def...
What Cano Health can teach us about the future of healthcare.
28 min
War in Ukraine: 'There will be a food crisis,' ...
As leader of a global fertilizer company, Svein Tore Holsether keeps a close eye on the world's food supply.
34 min
A Conversation With the Incoming CEO of FedEx
How will Raj Subramaniam change the company, and what challenges await him?
27 min
Does Your Company Have a "Modern" Board?
The expectations of business are changing - and that means corporate boards need to change too.
22 min
Pfizer's COVID Lesson: Set Big Goals and People...
CEO Albert Bourla says his team succeeded in developing and manufacturing the COVID vaccine "because they realized that failure is not an option."
28 min
How IKEA Decided to Pause Business in Russia
Ingka Group CEO Jesper Brodin says the choice wasn't simple.
27 min
Clorox CEO: 'I don't expect volatility to go away'
The pandemic has taken Clorox on quite a roller coaster ride - and it's not over yet.
22 min
You Won't Be Spending Bitcoin at the Grocery St...
According to Global Payments CEO Jeff Sloan.
25 min
What the Invasion of Ukraine Is Teaching Us Abo...
Leaders should see this as a "turning point" according to CyberArk CEO Udi Mokady.
21 min
Why CEOs Should Be Thinking Like Designers
It's hard to prepare your company for an uncertain future but, as IDEO CEO Sandy Speicher explains, design thinking can help.
28 min
The CEO Remaking GE
Larry Culp is breaking the storied conglomerate into three more focused companies.
26 min
Who Buys Diamonds Online? Lots of People, Says ...
CEO Gina Drosos has pushed her company towards a digital transformation, and the move is paying off.
27 min
How Chobani's CEO Built a Yogurt Brand Worth Bi...
Hamdi Ulukaya had no formal background in business, but firmly believed in doing well by doing good.
33 min
Working to Help All Africans Afford the Internet
Data remains expensive across much of Africa, and this is a problem that Cassava Technologies has set out to solve.
25 min
How Companies Plan to Address Talent Wars, Infl...
These are the largest challenges facing business today according to CEOs from Amazon, Bank of America, UPS, Occidental Petroleum and more.
24 min
Investors Are Looking Beyond Silicon Valley, Th...
Steve Case, CEO of Revolution, calls COVID "a tipping point" in the VC community.
29 min
Leadership Next's 2021 Season: Trends and Takea...
Sustainability was front and center, and leaders are still struggling to define the future of work.
31 min
Why Carol Tomé Came Out of Retirement to Lead UPS
She's bringing major change to the company.
29 min
Can a Burrito Save the Planet, and Other Questi...
Brian Niccol talks digital strategy, employee training and sustainability.
25 min
United's Vaccine Mandate: "Clearly just the rig...
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby was one of the first leaders of a major American company to insist all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.
28 min
How Adrian Gore Turned a Hunch Into a Winning B...
Gore's approach to health insurance landed his company, Discovery, on Fortune's first "Change the World" list in 2015.
24 min
Autonomous Vehicles Coming to a Road Near You?
Cruise CEO Dan Ammann says his company will have one million self-driving cars on the road by 2030.
25 min
An Inclusive Approach to Training Company Leaders
ExecOnline CEO Stephen Bailey joins Leadership Next.
24 min
Esri: The Private Company Whose Maps 'Run the W...
Esri's software helps Starbucks decide where to open stores, tracks COVID and - according to founder Jack Dangermond - has the power to make companies more eco-friendly.
27 min
Michael Dell: We've Only Seen Tech's 'Pre-Game ...
The founder of Dell Technologies talks tech transformation, plus explains why transforming his own company required taking it private.
27 min
Helping Women Build Families Is a Smart Economi...
Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi explains why in her new book, "My Life In Full."
29 min
How to Create a Great Place to Work
This is an issue today's Leadership Next guests have been working on for years.
27 min
Can a Robot Do Your Job?
Daniel Dines, CEO of UiPath, says automating tasks is good for people, and for business.
28 min
Are CEOs Truly Committed to Stakeholder Capital...
Josh Bolten, CEO of the Business Roundtable, says yes.
26 min
Why Business Cares About the $1T Infrastructure...
And how a group of CEOs came together to help get the bill through the Senate.
29 min
Flex CEO: The Future of Manufacturing
Flex is the third largest manufacturer in the world.
25 min
Best Buy Is Reimagining Retail
"Being the best in your industry is not enough," says CEO Corie Barry.
26 min
The Small Hedge Fund Pushing Big Change at Exxon
How Chris James, founder of Engine No. 1, managed to win three seats on the board of the oil giant - and, what happens next.
24 min
A Focus on Social Impact Led Grab from Ride Hai...
"More companies around the world need to believe that doing good is actually good for business," says CEO Anthony Tan.
26 min
Can Silicon Valley Build a Better Burger?
While Leadership Next enjoys an extended holiday, check out this episode of Fortune's Brainstorm podcast.
31 min
How Duke Energy Plans to Reach Net Zero by 2050
CEO Lynn Good says "we need technologies that are not at commercial scale today."
25 min
Running a Grocery Business During the Pandemic
Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran joins Leadership Next.
26 min
Dow Is on the Path to a Sustainable Future - Re...
CEO Jim Fitterling recognizes that future success relies upon reducing carbon emissions and single-use plastics.
28 min
Intel Wants to Build More Computer Chips in the...
CEO Pat Gelsinger argues the move is good for his company, and for the country.
30 min
Hilton CEO on How to Build Corporate Culture
Plus, a look at the "phygital" future.
28 min
The Nasdaq's Push to Diversify Corporate Boards
CEO Adena Friedman is not surprised to be facing pushback.
22 min
PagerDuty: The Complexity of Hybrid Work
PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada says leading a hybrid workforce may be harder than it seems.
30 min
Stitch Fix CEO: Modeling a 'New Normal' in Busi...
Katrina Lake says she never planned to be a role model. But when she showed up to her IPO with her young son, that's exactly what happened.
24 min
Crafting a Return to Work That Really Works
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen talks the hybrid workplace, digital transformation, and more.
28 min
Patagonia on Voting Laws and Environmental Resp...
"This is not part of a business or commercial strategy."
27 min
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