Marshall Goldsmith

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Marshall Goldsmith
Marshall Goldsmith and Nigel Cumberland (cropped).JPG
Born (1949-03-20) March 20, 1949 (age 71)
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; 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]

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 the 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] In 2018, Goldsmith was named the world's most influential business thinker on the Thinkers50 list.[14] Goldsmith is one of the thought leaders that contribute to Sales Pop Magazine.[15]


  • Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be. Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter. Crown (2015).
  • Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Life, 3rd Edition (with Marilee Adams, PhD, foreword Marshall Goldsmith, 2016), Berrett-Koehlers; ISBN 9781626566330.
  • 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).
  • 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).

Personal life[edit]

Goldsmith lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California with his wife Lyda.[2] He has a son and a daughter.[2][16] Goldsmith has described himself as a "philosophical Buddhist."[17]


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  2. ^ a b c 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".
  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. ^ 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. p. 127. ISBN 9781101585702.
  6. ^ Katie Jacobs (February 3, 2016). "Marshall Goldsmith: Employees should take more responsibility for their own engagement". HR Magazine.
  7. ^ "Managing Mojo". Business Times.
  8. ^ "Interview Marshall Goldsmith, leiderschapsdenker" (in German). FD.
  9. ^ Shana Lebowitz (August 26, 2016). "5 insights from a classic leadership book by an executive coach who's helped over 150 CEOs". Business Insider.
  10. ^ E.S. Wibbeke and Sarah McArthur (2013-10-30). Global Business Leadership. Routledge. p. 117. ISBN 9781135035860.
  11. ^ "Marshall Goldsmith "Inspirational 100" Alumnus". UCLA.
  12. ^ Jacob Morgan (June 27, 2016). "Marshall Goldsmith On How To Drive Behavior Change". Forbes.
  13. ^ "2012 John E Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award - Marshall Goldsmith".
  14. ^ "2018 Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Contributors Marshall Goldsmith". Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  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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