Education, climate change among CEOs' top concerns for future, survey finds

Climate change and lack of quality education are among global leaders' biggest concerns for the future, according to a recent survey from the Young Presidents' Organization cited by CNBC.

For their annual "Global Leadership Survey," the YPO surveyed more than 2,200 CEOs between Dec. 23, 2018, and Jan. 4, 2019.

Five findings from the report:

1. Most CEOs (74 percent) said their perspective on their role as business leaders has changed during the past five years. The shift in perception largely stemmed from their associations with their employees (43 percent), colleagues (40 percent) and their children (37 percent).

2. The chief executives surveyed said they believe they could have a greater influence on society through their business efforts than by being involved in politics.

3. Survey respondents said the biggest obstacles to their efforts to have a greater influence were government regulation (51 percent) and taxation (27 percent).

4. The organization also surveyed 1,800 future leaders — people aged 18-31 with at least some college education — to see how their views compared with those of current business leaders. The younger participants said climate change was similarly one of their top concerns for the future.

5. While current leaders said government regulation was the greatest impediment to their efforts to affect society beyond profits, younger generations said corruption (42 percent) and lack of interest by leaders (32 percent) presented greater obstacles.

To access the full report, click here.

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