280 | Marshall Goldsmith | The Power of Thoughtful Leadership in Corporate Environments

In this episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius is joined by Marshall to delve into the nuances of effective leadership. Through insightful anecdotes and practical wisdom, Marshall elucidates the importance of making a positive difference, fostering trust, and embracing self-awareness on the journey toward greatness in leadership.

In this episode, Marshall and I talked about:

  • Influencing decisions through understanding and addressing the needs of others
  • Making positive difference rather than proving oneself right
  • The crucial role of honoring other people’s perspectives
  • Embracing the uncertainties in business and being open to other possibilities
  • Being ready to adapt and willing to acknowledge mistakes
  • Being cautious about out-of-hours emails or messages
  • The importance of purposeful communication
  • Recognizing and de-stigmatizing self-interest in business
  • Encouraging long-term planning but understanding the practical challenges
  • And other topics…

Meet Marshall:

Marshall Goldsmith is a renowned executive coach and leadership expert, acclaimed for his work in helping leaders achieve lasting behavioral change. Born in 1949, he holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from UCLA. Goldsmith’s best-selling books, such as “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” emphasize the importance of feedback and continuous improvement. Named the #1 Leadership Thinker by Harvard Business Review, he has coached executives from top companies like Ford and GlaxoSmithKline. His work continues to inspire leaders globally.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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