Higher-Ambition CEOs Need Higher-Ambition Boards

13 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2014

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Edward Ludwig

Center for Higher Ambition Leadership

Anna Elise Elise Walton

Independent

Michael Beer

Harvard Business School

Date Written: December 15, 2014

Abstract

Over the past years, forward-looking CEOs have adopted a higher-ambition approach to strategy and leadership. These “higher-ambition CEOs” are driven by a sense of purpose that goes beyond achieving financial success. They aspire to build organizations that succeed in the marketplace by earning the respect, trust, and, commitment of their people, customers, communities, and investors. Higher-ambition leaders commit to simultaneously meeting financial targets and fulfilling broader needs in society. They are also realistic about the challenges.

Suggested Citation

Ludwig, Edward and Walton, Anna Elise Elise and Beer, Michael, Higher-Ambition CEOs Need Higher-Ambition Boards (December 15, 2014). Harvard Business School Research Paper Series # 15-052, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2539073 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2539073

Edward Ludwig

Center for Higher Ambition Leadership ( email )

Anna Elise Elise Walton

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Michael Beer (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

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