HOW Conversations

The HOW Conversations webinar series brings together a varied group of experts and leaders to discuss timely issues of our reshaped world through the lenses of moral leadership, principled decision-making, and value-based behavior.

Moral Leadership Is Hard and it Is Lonely, But It Matters

Retired Air Force General David Goldfein says, “The higher you go in rank and responsibility the harder the decisions are, and they should be.” Dave spoke with HOW Institute Fellow, Dana Born, in the latest episode of HOW Conversations and he tells Dana he’s learned it can be lonely at the top because when it comes to making tough decisions, “some number of people are not going to like the direction you take, and so don’t take the happy road, take the right road.” Hear more from Dave Goldfein about why it is important to have a diverse team around you and why leadership is a privilege.

Moral Leaders Are Truth Tellers and Trust Builders

Admiral William H. McRaven advises leaders to ask themselves three questions before making tough decisions: is it moral, is it legal and is it ethical? “There are no perfect moral leaders,” but that shouldn’t stop leaders from working hard to be as moral as possible, says McRaven. The former Navy SEAL, Director of U.S. Special Operations Command and retired Navy Admiral spoke with Dana Born, HOW Fellow for this episode of HOW Conversations.

Moral Leaders Treat Everyone with Dignity and Respect

Lt. General Nadja West, the recently retired Army’s top doctor, knows what it takes to be a successful moral leader. She was one of the first women to graduate from West Point and went on to earn a medical degree. Lt. Gen. West spent 37 years in the military rising to become a three-star general and the first black Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. In this episode of HOW Conversations, Lt. Gen. West spoke with Dana Born, HOW Fellow, about the importance of leading with dignity and respect, taking the time to be empathetic, and remembering your humility.

Moral Leaders Are Dealers in Hope

Admiral James Stavridis says when leaders set positive goals and visions people will stand and deliver—leaders need to be “dealers of hope.”   Admiral Stavridis is a member of the board of The HOW Institute and an Operating Executive at the Carlyle Group.  He spoke with HOW Fellow, Brigadier General Dana Born, in the first of a series of special HOW Conversations with military leaders.  Watch the full episode with Admiral Stavridis to learn more about the difference between leadership and character and which books every moral leader should read.

CEO Chip Bergh Admits Levi Strauss has a Diversity Problem but He’s Got a Plan to Fix It

On this episode of HOW Conversations, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. Chip Bergh tells Dov Seidman how difficult it was to learn only about 3% of Levi’s leadership management are black. And how he’s leading the plan to fix the problem. ‘A diverse organization at all levels will outperform a homogenous one every single time’ Chip tells Dov. They also discuss the hard choice Chip had to make to lay off staff during the crises and what Chip learned about leadership from the Army.

Moral Leadership Is Now a Survival Skill

Dov Seidman and Nancy Gibbs, Lombard Director of the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School and a HOW Institute Board member, have a wide-ranging conversation that touches on the many reasons that in this extraordinary moment where we, collectively, are facing so many simultaneous crises, moral leadership has evolved from a worthy pursuit to a critical survival skill for the future of society and humanity.