HOW we do anything means everything. The HOW Institute for Society seeks to build and nurture a culture of moral leadership, principled decision-making and values-based behavior that enables individuals and institutions to meet the profound social, economic, and technological changes of the 21st Century to elevate humanity. >>

#Moralleadership is in demand. Hear great insights from Chip Bergh CEO of @LeviStraussCo, Lt. Gen. Nadja West, @stavridisj and @nancygibbs among others in our #HOWConversations series.

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HOW Activities


The NXT-GEN Fellowship for Moral Leadership helps emerging leaders from business, civil society and government build moral authority in their respective realms and then use it to do big, meaningful things.


The Summit on Moral Leadership is a dynamic one-day event with engaging speakers and discussions illustrating the urgency for moral leadership in today’s world. Fast-paced, interactive and interpersonal, with a call to action to be the leader the world needs now.

HOW Community

The HOW Institute for Society brings together a community of leaders from business, academia, government, civil society and beyond who are actively committed to practicing and amplifying moral leadership, principled decision-making and values-based behavior. Learn more about our Board of Directors >> and Fellows >>

HOW Ideas

The Imperative of Moral Leadership

Ford Foundation President and HOW Institute Board member Darren Walker makes a powerful argument that we are facing a test of moral leadership that will determine whether and how democracy can endure.

How to promote trust in the 2020 election

Writing in The Washington Post, Nancy Gibbs discusses how newsrooms must rebuild trust through transparency to perform their essential role in democracy.

Today, we have a real crisis of leadership and authority…

In Tom Friedman’s October 6, 2020 New York Times column, Dov Seidman provides a framework to assess leadership during this time of crisis – those who put more truth and trust in the world than they erode will be admired today and remembered well in history.

The Decency Quotient

Ajay Banga discusses with Guy Raz how he runs Mastercard – one of the world’s largest companies – with an unusual leadership philosophy… something he calls “the decency quotient.” (Subscription required).