Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith (born March 20, 1949) is an American executive leadership coach and author.[1][2]

Early life and education

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).

Personal life

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]

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