Sustainable Leadership, an incisive book by Clarke Murphy

Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World


  Clarke Murphy

Meet the Author

Clarke Murphy is a leadership expert with an unshakeable belief that business executives have the power to change our world for the better. At Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke advises the world’s top companies on leadership strategies that fuel profitable growth and value for all stakeholders. He has fascinating insights into how business leaders around the world are embracing the sustainability agenda and using their position to solve the greatest social and economic challenges of our time.

Clarke’s passion for sustainability began with a near-death experience while crossing the Atlantic. When his boat almost hit a huge container that had dropped from a cargo ship, he realized how important it was for companies to think about planet and people, not just profits. This moment of truth propelled Clarke to seek every opportunity to change the rhetoric about what it means to be a successful leader today.

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Who’s Inside the Book?

Clarke Murphy sits down with sustainable leaders around the world to hear their successes, missteps, and lessons learned. This is just a snapshot of the stories you’ll hear.

Kasper Rorsted, Adidas  |  Julie Sweet, Accenture  |  Lynn Good, Duke Energy  |  Svein Tore Holsether, Yara International  |  João Paulo Gonçalves Ferreira, Natura & Co Latin America  |  Farzanah Chowdhury, Green Delta Insurance  |  Ilham Kadri, Solvay  |  Hywel Ball, EY  |  Kate Brandt, Google  |  Anand Mahindra, Mahindra Group | Mads Nipper, Ørsted  |  Zhang Yue, Broad Group  |  Dolf van der Brink, Heineken NV  |  Henrik Henriksson, H2 Green Steel  |  Peter Vanacker, LyondellBasell  |  Søren Skou, AP Moller-Maersk  |  Lise Kingo, formerly United Nations Global Compact  |  Sophia Mendelsohn, Cognizant  |  Valerio Battista, Prysmian  |  Aurélia Nguyen, COVAX  |  Marc Benioff, Salesforce  |  Walter Schalka, Suzano SA  |  Gaurdie Baniste Jr., RRA  |  George Walker, Neuberger Berman  |  Eli Halliwell, Hairstory  |  Humberto de Andrade Soares, a Lavadeira



"By asking the questions others don’t think to ask, Clarke has discovered exactly the kind of mindset, skillset, vision and drive it takes to lead a corporation into a sustainable future."

Adena T. Friedman
President & CEO of Nasdaq, Inc.




"Based on in-depth research, Clarke offers a ground-breaking, inspiring and practical picture of what it takes to be a leader who does their part to build a better future."

Hubert Joly
Former Best Buy Chairman and CEO, Author The Heart of Business, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School



"Clarke shares a powerful lesson on why sustainable leadership is so important to corporations—and the world. This is an essential guide for any executive looking to kickstart their impact today and the next generation of leaders looking to accelerate sustainability action tomorrow."

MS. Sanda Ojiambo, Assistant Secretary-General and CEO, United Nations Global Compact




"Clarke draws on established firms and startups, rising star CSOs and visionary CEOs to offer a simple but powerful set of competencies that will become a new “core curriculum” for sustainable leaders across the world. An invaluable read for people across the career journey who aspire to make meaningful change."

Jason Jay, Senior Lecturer and Director, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative




"The characteristics of a successful sustainable leader exist within most executives; Clarke's book is an invitation to seek them out. He spotlights leaders from across industries who are daring enough to harness those innate skills in the face of significant challenge and provides a toolkit for those looking to shape the next generation of purpose-driven business."

Jim Coulter, Founding Partner and Executive Chairman of TPG, Co-Managing Partner of TPG's The Rise Fund



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