Aside from becoming a professor early on in his career and having taught people leadership skills in over 102 different countries, he is also a leading thinker on guiding leaders towards leaving a viable legacy when transitioning past their top role. It’s a tough road to take, surprisingly enough; these leaders are extremely good at what they do. The have led the impressive companies and have been at the top of their game globally. Moving on can pose challenges. Many lose their sense of mission and purpose. Often, their reason for existence becomes blurred and they are challenged by a lack clarity in defining who they are. Goldsmith has studied professional athletes and coached many of them. He has found that when professional athletes retire, many have crashed badly suffering from a lack of purpose after the sport.
In Lois Sonstegard’s interview, Marshall Goldsmith really drills down some of his biggest principles taught to CEOs around the world. Simple but powerful rules such as focus on making a positive impact with what you do and learn to make the move from great achievements to becoming a great leader (going from “about me” to “about them”). It’s about thinking past yourself, which is very much a centerpiece of Goldsmith’s training.
Many people have decried why America today doesn’t seem to have the same zeal as it did decades ago when the “greatest generation” served its country for the greater good. Granted, if you really study history, people weren’t altruistic as the romantic look of America yesteryear, but there was a fundamental expectation in community players to support the community more than they do today. This element of serving others goes to the heart of what Goldsmith’s training focuses on for leaders.
Marshall Goldsmith has been in the circles of business thinkers like Peter Drucker, for example. And as evidenced in this interview, Goldsmith discusses the idea of “passing it on,” helping others improve with the knowledge and wisdom one can share with their exceptional ability. Lois Sonstegard’s interview of Marshall Goldsmith is a great opportunity to learn about higher leadership and is worth listening to.
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About Marshall Goldsmith
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized as one of the top ten Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World and a top-ranked executive coach.
Marshall’s mission is simple: He wants to help successful people achieve positive, lasting change in their behavior — for themselves, their people and their teams. Marshall earned his Ph.D. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. For four decades, he has helped more than 150 top CEOs and executives overcome limiting beliefs and behaviors to achieve greater success.
His website, www.MarshallGoldsmith.com includes more than 300 free articles, columns, interviews, webcasts, podcasts, audios and videos.