The Leaders

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  • 2007
  • 1 Season

The Leaders is a documentary-style TV series that offers an in-depth look into the lives and careers of some of the most influential business leaders around the world. Produced by CNBC, the show takes an analytical approach to its exploration of the individuals that shape the global economy.

Each episode focuses on a single leader, delving into their background, philosophy, and impact on the business world. The series takes a balanced approach, highlighting both the successes and setbacks of its featured subjects.

The Leaders hosts are Melinda Gates (seasons 1-2) and Tania Bryer (seasons 3-4), both of whom are accomplished journalists and have extensive experience in business journalism.

The show is known for its impressive production quality, with cinematography that captures the international settings and detailed interviews that provide depth to the stories. The Leaders takes viewers inside the boardrooms, offices and personal lives of some of the most notable leaders in the world.

One of the highlights of the show is its focus on the people behind the business headlines. The Leaders seeks out the lesser-known stories that have shaped the careers of its subjects. Through candid interviews and behind the scenes footage, viewers get an intimate insight into their personal and professional lives.

The show also takes a global approach, with episodes featuring leaders from different countries and industries. Episodes have explored the leadership style of Zimbabwean entrepreneur Strive Masiyiwa, the story of luxury car maker Lamborghini, and the growth of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, to name just a few.

The Leaders is not a typical news show or financial analysis program. Instead, it presents first-hand accounts and commentaries as well as highlights the impact its subjects have made in their respective fields. Through deep-dive reporting and storytelling, on The Leaders, the audience gets an understanding of the complex issues that shapes global business, like the relationship between business and society or the changing nature of leadership.

The Leaders is a series that appeals to a variety of audiences. From business students to casual viewers interested in the personal and professional lives of the people who shape the world. The show does an excellent job of presenting business leaders as individuals with personal motivations and real-life struggles.

The show's interviews offer a mix of depth and breadth, with the series is known to secure exclusive interviews with the leader featured in a particular episode. Interviews often reveal surprising, lesser-known facts and insights about the leader's personal and professional life.

As The Leaders is an ongoing series, viewers have a chance to gain a comprehensive understanding of how leaders' philosophies and strategies evolve over time. This perspective is important for viewers who are interested in learning about the long-term success and impact of individuals in a field.

Although The Leaders is not comprehensive - with only an hour-long runtime, it only scratches the surface of its subjects - it is an excellent source of insight into business and leadership. It is a visually compelling and well-produced show that provides an insightful perspective on the people who shape the business world.

In conclusion, The Leaders on CNBC is a thoroughly researched and engaging show that provides insight and analysis into the lives and leadership styles of some of the world's most influential business leaders. With its global approach, deep-dive narratives and in-depth interviews, it provides an excellent viewing experience for anyone interested in business, leadership or the global economy.

The Leaders is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on September 27, 2007.

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Helmut Schmidt - Former Chancellor, West Germany
12. Helmut Schmidt - Former Chancellor, West Germany
December 1, 2007
Helmut Schmidt talks frankly about the life and death decisions he was forced to make as Chancellor of West Germany when it was terrorized by the Red Army Faction. Having fought in Adolf Hitler's army as a young man, Schmidt is also forthright about his political career, the meaning of war and Germany's place in the international community.
Sir Ronald Cohen - Co-Founder, Apax Partners Worldwide LLP
11. Sir Ronald Cohen - Co-Founder, Apax Partners Worldwide LLP
November 8, 2007
The father of private equity in Europe, and 'bankroller' of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown within his Labour Party, talks passionately to Simon Hobbs about what it really takes to be an entrepreneur and why society may explode in violence if the private sector does not do more.
Mo Ibrahim - Founder Of Celtel
10. Mo Ibrahim - Founder Of Celtel
May 1, 2008
This African-born telecom pioneer explains how raw frustration with UK big business drove him to work for himself. Having designed many of the world's first wave of mobile networks, he then physically built them in Africa because no one else would. Now with an estimated personal fortune of $2.5bn he awards cash prizes in Africa to promote better leadership.
Dr Jean-Pierre Garnier - CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
9. Dr Jean-Pierre Garnier - CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
February 21, 2008
As the architect of the merger that created GSK prepares to retire as its CEO, the competitive Frenchman talks about how he revolutionized big pharma's R&D, its relationship with poor nations and why the original deal was not his preferred option.
Indra K. Nooyi - Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo
8. Indra K. Nooyi - Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo
April 24, 2008
In her first ever full length TV interview the most powerful woman in world business talks frankly about her upbringing in India, how she came to restructure an American icon and why she now physically stops herself from feeling guilt each day about being a 'bad' executive, mother and wife.
Carlos Ghosn - President & CEO, Nissan & Renault
7. Carlos Ghosn - President & CEO, Nissan & Renault
November 1, 2007
The world-renowned CEO of two successful auto manufacturers in Europe and Asia chats with Simon Hobbs.
Aditya Mittal - CFO, ArcelorMittal
6. Aditya Mittal - CFO, ArcelorMittal
March 28, 2008
The son of the fourth richest man on the planet talks openly about how he's fought to be recognized in his own right by driving an acquisition strategy through the steel industry at a rate of 35 deals a year - which included his family's bitter battle for Arcelor.
Natalie Massenet - Founder & Chairman, NET-A-PORTER
5. Natalie Massenet - Founder & Chairman, NET-A-PORTER
February 14, 2008
Vogue claims the founder of this luxury, online fashion retailer is 'revolutionizing' how women buy clothes. In her first major television interview, Natalie talks about how she navigates the dangers inherent in a business that is doubling its revenues each year, why she can offer a lifeline to designers and how also bringing-up two young daughters is 'pulling her apart'.
Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones - Chairman, L'Or?al
4. Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones - Chairman, L'Or?al
March 6, 2008
In his first major television interview, Lindsay Owen Jones reveals how he's delivered an unbroken string of double-digit profit growth for 23 years. He talks frankly about his relationship with France's richest woman, billionaire shareholder Liliane Bettencourt. And why he's happy for the French to mistakenly think he's Welsh.
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou - Chairman, easyGroup
3. Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou - Chairman, easyGroup
October 11, 2007
Simon Hobbs has a discussion with Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the enigmatic and often controversy-shrouded CEO of easyGroup, who is best known for founding budget airline easyJet at the age of 28, and who has built the easyGroup corporation into one that touches nearly all industries.
Sergio Marchionne - CEO, Fiat Group
2. Sergio Marchionne - CEO, Fiat Group
March 15, 2008
Europe's turnaround king explains how he goes about pulling businesses like Fiat back from the brink of bankruptcy, his five principles of leadership and why humility is paramount for CEOs.
Jack Welch - Former Chairman & CEO, GE
1. Jack Welch - Former Chairman & CEO, GE
September 27, 2007
Discussing leadership, motivation and career success with Jack Welch, former General Electric chairman & CEO.
Where to Watch The Leaders
The Leaders is available for streaming on the CNBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Leaders on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 27, 2007