Marshall Goldsmith

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Marshall Goldsmith
Born (1949-03-20) March 20, 1949 (age 75)
Alma mater
SpouseLyda Goldsmith
ChildrenKelly Goldsmith, Bryan Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith (born March 20, 1949) is an American executive leadership coach and author.[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; where he was also a brother of the Theta Xi Kappa Chapter Fraternity.[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]

In 2012, Goldsmith was awarded The John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest accolade that the UCLA Anderson School of Management bestows upon alumni.[5] Indiana University's Kelley School of Business also awarded Marshall the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010.[6]

Goldsmith with fellow author & coach Nigel Cumberland in Dubai on 6 September 2015


From 1976 to 1980, Goldsmith was an assistant professor and then associate dean at Loyola Marymount University's College of Business.[7] He later served as a professor of management practice at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.[8] 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.[9] He became a founding partner of the Marshall Goldsmith Group, an executive coaching group.[10] Throughout Marshall's career, he has worked with CEOs from over 200 companies.[11]

According to ES Wibbeke and Sarah McArthur, Goldsmith was the pioneer in the use of 360-degree feedback.[12]

Marshall's work was profiled in The New Yorker in an article titled, "The Better Boss,"[13] and in The Atlantic by John Dickerson in an article titled "The Questions That Will Get Me Through the Pandemic."[14]


  • Work is Love Made Visible: A Collection of Essays About the Power of Finding Your Purpose From the World's Greatest Thought Leaders. Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, and Sarah McArthur. Wiley (2018).
  • How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job. Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. Hachette Books (2018).
  • Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be. Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter. Crown (2015). ISBN 9780804141239
  • Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships For Leaders, 3rd Edition (with Chip R. Bell, 2013), Berrett-Koehlers; ISBN 9781609947101.
  • 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). ISBN 9780071773942
  • 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).
  • The Change Champion's Field Guide: Strategies and Tools for Leading Change in Your Organization 2nd Edition. Louis Carter and Marshall Goldsmith. Pfeiffer (2013).
  • Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organization Change. Louis Carter and Marshall Goldsmith. Pfeiffer (2004).
  • Best Practices in Talent Management. Marshall Goldsmith and Louis Carter. Pfeiffer (2009).
  • Coaching for Leadership: The practice of leadership coaching from the world s greatest coacher Marshall Goldsmith (author), Laurence S. Lyons (author), Sarah McArthur (author). Pfeiffer; 2nd Edition (2020).
  • The Earned Life: Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment. Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter (2022).

Personal life[edit]

Marshall currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Lyda.[15] He has a son, Bryan Goldsmith, and a daughter, Kelly Goldsmith.[2][16] Goldsmith has described himself as a "philosophical Buddhist."[17]


  1. ^ "Marshall Goldsmith - Businessweek". Archived from the original on 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  2. ^ a b Radio, TotalPicture. "TotalPicture Radio, TotalPicture Radio: Video and Podcast Interviews: Talent Acquisition, HR Tech, Careers, Leadership, Innovation". TotalPicture Radio. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  3. ^ "404 - Rose-Hulman". {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  4. ^ a b "Office of Development & Alumni Relations : Kelley School of Business : Indiana University Bloomington". Archived from the original on 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  5. ^ "2012 John E Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award - Marshall Goldsmith".
  6. ^ "Celebrating 50 Years of Distinguished Kelley Alumni" (PDF). Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
  7. ^ Newberg, Andrew; Waldman, Mark Robert (2012-06-14). Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intima cy. Penguin. p. 127. ISBN 9781101585702.
  8. ^ Katie Jacobs (February 3, 2016). "Marshall Goldsmith: Employees should take more responsibility for their own engagement". HR Magazine.
  9. ^ "Managing Mojo". Business Times.
  10. ^ "Interview Marshall Goldsmith, leiderschapsdenker" (in German). FD.
  11. ^ Shana Lebowitz (August 26, 2016). "5 insights from a classic leadership book by an executive coach who's helped over 150 CEOs". Business Insider.
  12. ^ E.S. Wibbeke and Sarah McArthur (2013-10-30). Global Business Leadership. Routledge. p. 117. ISBN 9781135035860.
  13. ^ MacFarquhar, Larissa (15 April 2002). "The Better Boss". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  14. ^ Dickerson, John (22 June 2020). "The Questions That Will Get Me Through the Pandemic". The Atlantic.
  15. ^ "Contact Us - MARSHALL GOLDSMITH". 6 April 2022.
  16. ^ Larissa MacFarquhar (15 April 2002). "The Better Boss" – via
  17. ^ Goldsmith, Marshall (8 August 2008). "Voices on Leadership: Marshall Goldsmith" – via

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