Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, 2.5 Million books sold
World’s #1 Executive Coach, World’s #1 Leadership Thinker
8x Top Ten Business Thinkers in the World.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the author or editor of 41 books, which have sold over 2.5 million copies, been translated into 32 languages and become listed bestsellers in 12 countries. Amazon.com recently recognized their ‘100 Best Leadership & Success Books’, and Marshall’s books, “Triggers” and “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”, were both recognized as being in the top 100 books ever written in their field. Marshall is one of only two authors with two books on the list.

Marshall is the only two-time Thinkers 50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He has been ranked as the World’s #1 Executive Coach, Top Ten Business Thinker for eight years, and was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Lifetime Award for Leadership by the Harvard Institute of Coaching.

Marshall’s other professional acknowledgements include:

  • Harvard Business Review – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker
  • BusinessWeek – 50 Great Leaders in America
  • Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership Education
  • American Management Association – 50 Great Thinkers and Leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years.

Dr. Goldsmith served as a Professor of Management Practice at the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business. His Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management – where he was the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. His MBA is from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business – where he was the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year. He is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Advisory Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years.


Topic areas for keynotes and workshops are based on his best-selling books and include:

  • Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts, Becoming the People and Organizations We Want to Become
  • Mojo: Increasing Meaning, Happiness, and Employee Engagement
  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: Helping Successful People Get Even Better
  • Coaching for Leadership: Developing Ourselves, Coaching Our People, and Building Engagement
  • Global Leadership: The Next Generation
  • Women in Leadership: Unique Challenges and Opportunities


“We were a very successful team who took our performance to the next level.  With Marshall’s help we identified our two areas and went to work.  We used everyone’s help and support, exceeded our improvement expectations and had fun!  A team’s dedication to continuous improvement combined with Marshall’s proven process ROCKS”

— Alan Mulally
Retired, former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company

“I have had the great fortune of working with Marshall for several years. He has helped me in so many ways. Triggers represents a natural progression in Marshall’s work and many of the ideas in it have already helped me and many of his other clients. As with all of his books, I know that Marshall’s focused, practical and insightful approach will help you in leadership, but even more important, it can help you in life!”

— Jim Yong Kim
Twelfth president of the World Bank

“Marshall’s coaching invites leaders to focus relentlessly on their behavior. The leader’s behavior as well as the team’s behavior become the basis for great results and continuous improvement. This will be key to success for the connected, global, knowledge-driven companies of the future.”

— Aicha Evans
VP and general manager, Intel, Fortune top ten next generation of female leaders

“Marshall has taught me the importance of making a positive difference in every aspect of my life. His coaching techniques and valuable lessons empower you to extract greater meaning from interpersonal relationships and provide a superior understanding of the great results that can be achieved through positive leadership.”

— David Kornberg
CEO, Express

“I had the great privilege of being coached by Marshall. He has been able to trigger change in my life and help me move to the next level in leadership. He has changed my life and career.”

— Regis Schultz
CEO, Darty Group (France), one of Europe’s top electrical retailers

“No one can match Marshall’s massive footprint in helping people become who they want to be. He is the top thought leader in executive coaching because he drives new thinking about self-motivation. The importance of self-awareness, self-engagement and positive behavioral change is best captured in Triggers. It will help light up many lives!”

— Fred Hassan
Managing director, Warburg Pincus, former CEO, Pharmacy and Schering Plough, chairman, Bausch & Lomb

“We place a premium on developing strong leaders at McKesson and over the years we have relied greatly on Marshall’s leadership insights to support our executive talent development across the company.”

— John Hammergren
CEO, McKesson, Harvard Business Review 100 top performing CEOs in the world

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks…without Marshall Goldsmith’s help. With his coaching, you can change your old behavior to create new outcomes.”

— Deanna Mulligan
CEO, Guardian Life, Fortune 50 most powerful women in business

“How do we create the change we need for our organizations and for ourselves? Marshall Goldsmith is the master of helping us all find that path, avoiding the negative triggers and building upon the triggers that bring out our best.”

— Tony Marx
CEO, New York Public Library

“Marshall Goldsmith is a great author and world-renowned executive coach. His contribution to our group has been immense, and we have greatly benefited from his unparalleled experience and his knowledge.”

— G. M. Rao
CEO, GRM Group (India), Indian entrepreneur of the year


World’s most influential leadership thinker (2015 and 2011), top ten business thinker, top rated executive coach (2015, 2013, and 2011).

America’s #1 executive coach.

Lifetime achievement award for management education.

Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR recognition).

One of five most respected executive coaches.

Most credible thought leaders in the new era of business.

Top ten executive educators.

Fifty great American leaders.

Fifty great leaders who have impacted the field of management over the past eighty years.

Leader of the Future Award.

15 Greatest Business Thinkers in the World.

Top 5 Leadership Thinkers.

Top CEO Coaches of America.

America’s Preeminent Executive Coach.

The John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award (2012), the highest accolade for exceptional achievement that the school may bestow upon alumni.
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