Sep 13, 2018

ConantLeadership is a mission-driven community of leaders and learners who are championing leadership that works in the 21st century.

We were founded in 2011 by Douglas R. Conant, an experienced Fortune 500 CEO with over 45 years of leadership experience at world-class global companies including C-suite tenures as President of Nabisco Foods, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, and Chairman of Avon Products.

At ConantLeadership –

It is our promise to champion leadership that works in the 21st century.

It is our pledge to empower leaders with the tools to influence people with honor.

It is our passion to help leaders deliver superior performance with high-impact leadership practices.

Our leadership premise:

The craft of leadership is the art and science of influencing others. The 21st century is unfolding at an unprecedented pace with exponential complexity. Mastering this craft in the new millennium demands an understanding of both enduring leadership principles and innovative, high-impact leadership practices for delivery of superior performance. We are dedicated to an evolved leadership approach that is:

  • Anchored in the 7 practice areas of the ConantLeadership Flywheel
  • Tough-minded on standards and tender-hearted with people
  • Dedicated to diversity and inclusion
  • Devoted to the spirited pursuit of high performance
  • Focused on continuous improvement
  • Committed to creating value for all stakeholders
  • Vigilant about winning in the workplace to win in the marketplace
  • Steeped in the spirit of “How Can I Help?”
  • Humble, brave, and authentic

The journey is challenging and the demands are formidable, but when leaders are equipped with the tools for continuously improving their leadership profile in an authentic way — the level of fulfillment can be profound and abiding. It is our promise to help you live leadership that works in the here-and-now and to empower you to influence people with honor. Join us and let’s get to work!

Programs & Policies:

In service to our mission of championing leadership that works, we are committed to actively supporting organizations who are leading the most important and urgent efforts to advance society today. Our Founder, Doug Conant, receives no salary and we’re honored to donate all of our income, after covering nominal overhead costs, to worthy non-profits — like the National Organization on Disability – who are on the front-lines of promoting the kind of enlightened leadership that can change the world. Philanthropic giving and advocacy, both for organizations and programs that advance the greater good, are at the heart of all of our efforts.

In order for an organization to sufficiently advance the greater good, they must possess a demonstrable understanding of the importance of inclusion. Businesses today must recognize the value of giving all people, including those with disabilities, a seat at the table. Promoting inclusion is not only the right thing to do; it’s a strategic imperative. Countless studies make the compelling and inarguable business case for diversity and inclusion.

In alignment with the business case, it is our belief that advocating for a diverse workplace employee population is essential to advancing any strategic agenda and delivering superior results. In alignment with this belief, we consider a company’s ability to uphold high standards for inclusion to be an important criteria when evaluating organizations for participation in our philanthropic giving program and our ConantLeadership Boot Camp scholarship initiative (we donate four seats per program to high-potential leaders from various non-profits).

Our #LookCloser pledge:

We will —

  • Support NOD’s mission visibly and vocally across our content and social platform of more than 350,000 people.
  • Continuously identify organizations whose work aligns with the inclusivity efforts of NOD’s mission as potential benefactors of our robust philanthropic giving program
  • Champion the full participation of people with disabilities in life and work in our speaking engagements, writing, mentoring, and coaching programs
  • Celebrate diverse voices in our work including in our advocacy, content creation and curation, and leadership training curriculum
  • Adopt more inclusive hiring practices when, in the future, we have sufficient resources to expand our small but hearty ConantLeadership team


A brush with death affirmed two powerful leadership lessons to Doug Conant:

As CEO of Campbell Soup Company, Doug Conant pledged to build the world’s most extraordinary food company. To do it, he found that celebrating diversity and inclusion was essential — a top strategic priority for winning in the workplace and in the marketplace:


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