Marshall was born in Valley Station, Kentucky in 1949 and went to University in Indiana. He has an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a PhD from UCLA Anderson School of Management - in 2012 he was recognized as their Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He teaches Executive Education at Dartmouth's Tuck School and speaks at leading business schools around the world.
He refers to himself as a philosophical Buddhist. He is married with two children and lives in California. He volunteers with the US army, navy, scouts and Red Cross.
Marshall Goldsmith made his name as an executive coach by helping great leaders to become even better. He got involved in coaching by accident, after talking to a CEO about an employee who didn’t seem to fit and now works with executives in depth to understand themselves and their organisations from all angles. He pioneered the use of 360 degree feedback to bring about positive change.
His books - over 32 of them - have sold in their millions and have won countless awards. The highly acclaimed, What Got You Here Won't Get You There, helped leaders to identify the things that were holding them back and was named the Wall St Journal’s number 1 Business Book of the year and the winner of the Harold Longman Best Business Book award. Other books include Mojo which is about creating motivation and meaning at work and succession about the dynamics of letting go.
He is considered to be one of the founding fathers of executive coaching and was already being ranked as one of the top ten executive educators in the Wall Street Journal in 1993. He is the co-founder of his is own coaching firm the Marshall Goldsmith Group. He has featured in profiles in The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, Interview and Forbes and he has been presented with awards and accolades from almost every professional organisation in his field. Most of his work is available free of charge at the Marshall Goldsmith Library