Marshall Goldsmith

One of the world’s leading executive educators, coaches, and authors, who was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2018.


Inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2018, upon which the Marshall Goldsmith Distinguished Achievement Award for Coaching & Mentoring was created.


 Ranked #6 in 2017.


Previous positions:

#5 (2015), #10 (2013), and #7 (2011).


Recipient of the Thinkers50 2015 and 2011 Leadership Award, for world-leading executive coaching.


A pioneer in the field of business education and leadership coaching, Goldsmith champions coaching for leadership that ensures long-term, positive behavioural change. His success is built upon a practical, no-nonsense approach to leadership. He helps leaders to overcome limiting beliefs and behaviours and to understand how beliefs and the environments we operate in can trigger negative behaviour.


In addition to the awards received from Thinkers50, Goldsmith is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for management education from the Institute for Management Studies. He is ranked one of five most respected executive coaches by Forbes, one of the top ten executive educators by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the 15 Greatest Business Thinkers in the World by The Times. His clients have included over 150 major CEOs.
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There was featured on the Thinkers50 Management Classics Booklist in 2023.


Work is Love Made Visible (with Frances Hesselbein and Sarah McArthur, Wiley, 2019); How Women Rise (with Sally Helgesen, Hatchette 2018); Triggers (with Mark Reiter, Crown, 2015); MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back If You Lose It (with Mark Reiter, Hyperion 2010); What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (with Mark Reiter, Hyperion 2007); Succession: Are You Ready? (HBR Press, 2009)The Leader of the Future (The Drucker Foundation, 1997).


Media picks


“Hyperactive and relentlessly positive… Goldsmith’s reputation is based on results.“

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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