The Business of Leadership Podcast


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The AGSM Business of Leadership podcast features leaders from the private, public and for-purpose sectors sharing their lived experiences building organisations that can “do well" and "do good" in today's accelerating world.

We unpack the problems business is trying to solve including digital disruption; crisis management and recovery; sustainable business practices; ethical leadership and transformation. Listen to the latest episodes on your favourite podcast platform or click on the images below.

What is a major food retailer doing to reduce waste? Just how ethical is AI? And how can domestic tourism recover from COVID? These are just some of the questions we put to CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs, and academics in the second series of The AGSM Business of Leadership podcast. 

As the pace and complexity of organisational change speeds up, a new generation of leaders is emerging who see the world differently. They are finding ways to ‘do well’ and ‘do good’ and influence how ethical business decisions are made - so what can we learn from them?  

In the latest series of The AGSM Business of Leadership podcast, we ask CEOs, founders, business leaders and academics how organisations can build sustainable and ethical business models, and how new ways of thinking are transforming how entire industries operate. What future challenges and global opportunities face business, and what impact will these have on wider society? What is their lived experience of navigating this disruption? And how can these lessons be harnessed? 

Looking at the possibilities of transformation from the perspective of different industries, episodes of The AGSM Business of Leadership podcast include: 

  • Episode 1. Business of Food 
  • Episode 2. Business of Tourism 
  • Episode 3. Business of AI
  • Episode 4. Business of Climate Change
  • Episode 5. Business of Finance
  • Episode 6. Business of Mental Health
  • Episode 7. Business of Sport
  • Episode 8. Business of Art

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In the first season, through a series of engaging conversations, podcast guests from business, government, for-purpose and academia share their stories about leadership in today’s accelerated world.

Ethical Leadership

This episode explores the intricacies of ethical leadership and the challenges and opportunities leaders face combining profit with purpose.

Resilient Leadership

This episode examines the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the valuable lessons it provides business leaders on how to build and nurture a culture of resilience and innovation within their organisations.

Sustainable Leadership

This episode examines sustainable business models and a prevalent issue in global supply chains — modern slavery.

Adaptive Leadership (Part 1)

This episode examines adaptive leadership through the lens of crisis recovery and the challenges business leaders now face because of COVID-19.

Inclusive Leadership (Part 1)

This episode examines inclusive leadership and diversity from the perspective of leaders who are creating new business models that reflect evolving market demand and opportunity and contribute to a more progressive society.

Inclusive Leadership (Part 2)

This episode of AGSM’s The Business Of... podcast examines inclusive leadership and how access to a diverse range of perspectives is critical for leaders to thrive in an accelerated world.

Adaptive Leadership (Part 2)

In this episode, we explore transformation and how leaders can leverage complex change with a growth mindset.

Transformational Leadership (Part 1)

In this episode, we explore how leaders can drive innovation and digital transformation in the now of work.

Transformational Leadership (Part 2)

In this episode, we discuss big data and artificial intelligence, and how they impact leadership in an accelerated world.

Adaptive Leadership (Part 3)

In this episode, we speak to leaders from the financial services sector and explore how they’ve adapted and led through successive crises.

Purpose-led Leadership (Part 1)

In this episode, we explore the business and societal impact of leading with purpose.

Purpose-led Leadership (Part 2)

In this episode, we explore what it takes to lead with purpose - from identifying what personal contribution you want to make to the world through your career, to purpose-driven business models.

Each episode in the first season of the AGSM Business of Leadership podcast examines leadership in times of complexity and how we can see the world differently, rather than be transfixed by change.

Episode topics include:

  • The Business of Purpose-led leadership
  • The Business of Crisis management and recovery
  • The Business of Ethical and sustainable business practices
  • The Business of Resilient company culture
  • The Business of Workplace diversity and inclusion
  • The Business of Innovation and transformation

The AGSM Business of Leadership podcast season 1 was hosted by Emma Lo Russo, AGSM alumna (MBA Executive 2013), CEO and co-founder of Digivizer, Australia’s leading digital technology and activations company, and CEO and founder of, a leading data-driven agency and destination for all things gaming and esports.