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Alumnus Marshall Goldsmith Named World’s Most Influential Leadership Thinker

December 22, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology alumnus Marshall Goldsmith has been named winner of the prestigious Thinkers50 Leadership Award as the world's most influential leadership thinker.  The award, presented recently in London, was sponsored by the Harvard Business Review.

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  Influential Leadership Thinker: Marshall Goldsmith, a 1970 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology mathematical economics alumnus, received the prestigious Thinkers50 Leadership Award during a recent ceremony in London.

Goldsmith is an internationally acclaimed authority that helps successful leaders get even better.  He is the author, co-author and editor of more than 30 books.  That list includes the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling books MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back If You Lose It (co-authored with Mark Reiter, 2010) and What Got You Here Won't Get You There (with Reiter, 2007), winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year.  He also teaches executive education at Dartmouth College's Tuck School and other leading universities.

"Marshall Goldsmith is singularly persuasive, networked and energetic," says Thinkers50 co-founder Stuart Crainer.  "In the crowded leadership sphere, he is fixed on changing the practice of leaders for the better rather than the neatness of his theories."

Crainer and Des Dearlove, directors of Thinkers50 and former columnists to The Times (London), track bi-annually the definitive list of the world's top business thinkers (  Goldsmith was ranked No. 7 in the 2011 list which included Clayton Christensen, Malcolm Gladwell and Tom Peters.  The ranking has served the global business community by showcasing the world's top business thinkers.

Goldsmith was a pioneer of the 360-degree feedback technique.  His success is built on a no-nonsense approach to leadership and a Buddhist philosophy.  It focuses on three things: teaching, coaching and writing.  Our Mojo is "the moment when we do something that's purposeful, powerful and positive, and the rest of the world recognizes it," according to Goldsmith.  That moment is influenced by four factors, identity, achievement, reputation and acceptance.

One of a select few advisors chosen to work with over 100 major CEOs and their management teams, Goldsmith is co-founder of Marshall Goldsmith Partners, a network of top-level executive coaches.  He served as a member of the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for 10 years.  He has been a volunteer teacher for U.S. Army generals, Navy admirals, Girl Scout executives, International and American Red Cross leaders, where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.

Goldsmith earned his bachelor's degree in mathematical economics from Rose-Hulman in 1970 and a MBA from Indiana University.  He received his Ph.D. from UCLA's Anderson School of Management, which recognized him in 2010 as one of the school's 100 distinguished graduates.

Read a Thinkers50 interview with Goldsmith about leadership at

Read Goldsmith's Harvard Business Review blog at