Marshall Goldsmith

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Marshall Goldsmith
Marshall Goldsmith and Nigel Cumberland (cropped).JPG
Born (1949-03-20) March 20, 1949 (age 69)
Valley Station, Kentucky
Alma mater
Spouse(s) Lyda Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith (born March 20, 1949) is an American leadership coach and the author of several management-related books.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Goldsmith was born in Valley Station, Kentucky, and received a degree in mathematical economics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1970.[3][4] He then earned an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in 1972, and a PhD from UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, California in 1977.[4]

Goldsmith with a fellow coach & author, Nigel Cumberland


From 1976 to 1980, Goldsmith was an assistant professor and then Associate Dean at Loyola Marymount University's College of Business.[5] He currently teaches executive education at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.[6] In 1977, he entered the field of management education after meeting Paul Hersey, and Goldsmith later co-founded the management education firm Keilty, Goldsmith and Company.[7] He also later became a founding partner of the Marshall Goldsmith Group.[8] As a coach he has worked with CEOs for about 150 companies.[9]

According to ES Wibbeke and Sarah McArthur, Goldsmith was a pioneer in the use of 360-degree feedback.[10] In 1996, Goldsmith co-edited his first book, The Leader of the Future. His books have been translated into 28 languages,[11] and have been number one on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best sellers list.[12] In 2012, Goldsmith was awarded The John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest accolade for exceptional achievement that the UCLA Anderson School of Management bestows upon alumni.[13]


  • Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be. Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter. Crown (2015).
  • Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships For Leaders. Marshall Goldsmith and Chip R. Bell. Berrett-Koehlers (2013).
  • MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back If You Lose It. Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter. Hyperion (2010).
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There in Sales. Marshall Goldsmith, Don Brown, and Bill Hawkins. GBH Press (2010).
  • Succession: Are You Ready? Marshall Goldsmith. Harvard Business Press (2009).
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There. Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter. Hyperion (2007).
  • Global Leadership: The Next Generation. Marshall Goldsmith, Alastair Robertson, Cathy Greenberg, Maya Hu-Chan. FT Prentice Hall (2003).
  • The Leadership Investment: How the World's Best Organizations Gain Strategic Advantage Through Leadership Development. Robert Fulmer and Marshall Goldsmith. AMACOM (2001).

Personal life[edit]

Goldsmith lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California with his wife Lyda.[2] He has a son and a daughter.[2][14] Goldsmith has described himself as a "philosophical Buddhist."[15]


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