The Center for Higher Ambition Leadership (CHL) was created by and for CEOs who believe there is a better way for business to operate–better economically and better for the world. Our members believe—and research demonstrates—that the best-run, best-performing companies are those that do more than just maximize shareholder value. These companies recognize the importance of delivering financial performance in both the short- and the long-term, and they value improving outcomes for all stakeholders. Yet in an unforgiving business environment, good intentions are not enough. To lead their industries and deliver superior economic and social value, business leaders must excel at execution while affirming their values.  CHL’s agenda is driven by member CEOs and focuses on the issues that matter most to their organizations’ long term success. We support members of the higher ambition community as they seek to: build higher performing organizations, develop purposeful leaders, amplify social impact, and transform management practice.

Our History

CHL was chartered in 2012 as a 501 c(3) non profit organization. The founding members of CHL included leading organizations profiled in the book Higher Ambition Leadership. Affiliated with Harvard Business School and Chalmers University in Sweden, the authors of Higher Ambition synthesized the leadership experience of these CEOs, along with decades of foundational research to deliver a pragmatic, actionable guide to higher ambition practice. This research and practice development continues today through CHL and its member companies.