Sustainable Leadership

Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World
- A book by Clarke Murphy


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How the world’s best CEOs are pivoting their organizations to a more sustainable future

Sustainable Leadership: Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World  is a complete blueprint for infusing sustainability across business strategy, all while growing your bottom line.

Drawing on the stories of 35+ CEOs at world-leading companies, including Adidas, Heineken, Duke Energy, Natura &Co, Maersk, Mahindra Steel, and Salesforce, veteran leadership expert Clarke Murphy shows how sustainability action is within reach of every business executive.

Perfect for CEOs and boards across industries, Sustainable Leadership is also a can’t miss book for sustainability experts, entrepreneurs, and next-generation leaders looking to make sense of the latest—and most profitable—sustainability strategies.


  • How to set a bold vision for change—and bring stakeholders along on your journey.
  • How to overcome setbacks—from not having all the answers to learning from mistakes.
  • The specific skills and mindset you’ll need to deliver on your sustainability promises.
  • How to inspire the next-generation of sustainable leaders to cement your legacy well into the future.

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Why I wrote this book? | Clarke Murphy



"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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Sustainable Leadership:

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

- A book by Clarke Murphy