Rob Goffee, Leadership Speaker

Rob Goffee

Creating a new style of authentic leadership where people can be their best selves

Rob Goffee is the influential London Business School Professor behind the best selling management books; "Why Should Anyone be Led by You?" and "Why Should Anyone Work Here?"  With the "corporate man" and "jobs for life" gone - Goffee explores how the best managers are renegotiating the future.  Read his work in the Harvard Business Review & The Financial Times and hear him speak at conferences around the world.

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About Rob Goffee

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School
  • Top 10 - HR Most Influential Thinkers list 2012
  • Advises leaders; 'be yourself but with more skill'
  • Leading expert on future workplace culture

Speaking Style

Down to earth, eloquent, entertaining, brilliant examples

Background / History

Rob Goffee's thinking on authentic leadership and workplace culture cuts to the heart of what managers are looking for; a useful road map to negotiate the changes being demanded by millennials.

His latest book "Why Should Anyone Work Here?" with Gareth Jones looks at what it takes to create an authentic organization to attract and inspire the right people.

Rob has won many awards and consults to the board of several global companies on leadership, organisational change and corporate culture. He leads executive development programmes around the world and is a visiting professor at Spain's IE Business School in Madrid.


Rob is prolific with over ten books and seventy articles to his name, the most well known of which is "Why Should Anyone be Led by You?" written with Gareth Jones. 

He has worked with many leading companies including Heineken, InterContinental Hotels, Singapore Airlines and Unilever. He is a director of the Innovation Exchange and a founding partner of the Creative Management Associates (CMA) consultancy.and makes regular appearances on Radio and TV.

Speaking Topics

  • Sound Corporate Governance
  • Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?
  • Leadership in the Boardroom: Why feedback is vital even at the top
  • Organisational Design & Culture
  • Person-Job Interaction (Innovation and Creativity)
  • Entrepreneurship (Family Business)


Testimonial for Why Should Anyone Work Here?: "Employers should read Why Should Anyone Work Here?. It's full of advice on how to encourage everyone in a company to be the best they can." - Management Today

Testimonial for Why Should Anyone Work Here?: "A rewarding read if you want to lead." - Financial Times

Testimonial for Why Should Anyone Work Here?: "This is a superb book that captures the complex and risky nature of authentic leadership in these challenging times" - People Management

Testimonial for Why Should Anyone Be Led By You: "An excellent, thought-provoking book that renders many earlier leadership manuals redundant." - Director Magazine

Books By Rob Goffee

  • Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? (Harvard Business School Press) (2006)
  • The Character of a Corporation (1998)
  • written with Gareth Jones. Clever - Leading your Smartest Most Creative People (2009)
  • with Gareth Jones Reluctant Managers (1989)
  • Entrepreneurship in Europe (1987)
  • Women in Charge: The Experience of Female Entrepreneurs with Richard Scase (1985)
  • The Entrepreneurial Middle Class with Richard Scase (1982)
  • Corporate Realities (1995)
  • What Holds the Modern Company Together? Harvard Business Review (1996)

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