19 Marvelous Marshall Goldsmith Quotes

Marshall Goldsmith is one of the most prestigious leadership coaches in the country. He travels and speaks at many different conferences, inspiring people to be better leaders. He has taken his fascinating views on management and turned them into over 32 different books! Here is a great collection of some of his quotes.

“After living with their dysfunctional behavior for so many years, people become invested in defending their dysfunctions rather than changing them.”

“Anybody can change, but they have to want to change.”

“Fate is the hand of cards we’ve been dealt. Choice is how we play the hand.”

“Giving yourself a purpose adds clarity to all actions and decisions that follow.”

“If you aren’t opening doors for people, you are closing them.”


“If you keep your mouth shut, no one can ever know how you really feel.”

“It’s the little moments that trigger some of our most outsized and unproductive responses.”

“Lasting goal achievement requires lots of time, hard work, sacrifice & dedication to a process that is maintained over years.”

“Most people waste most of their lives on topics they’re not going to change anyways.”

“People don’t get better without follow-up. So let’s get better at following up with our people.”

“Sometimes the better part of valor—and common sense—is saying, “I’ll pass.””

“Successful people become great leaders w hen they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.”

“The more aware we are, the less likely any trigger, even in the most mundane circumstances, will prompt hasty unthinking behavior that leads to undesirable consequences.”

“The more we are committed to believing that something is true, the less likely we are to believe that its opposite is true, even in the face of clear evidence that shows we are wrong.”

“The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not next week. It’s now.”

“To help others develop, start with yourself.”

“Treat every piece of advice as a gift or a compliment and simply say, “Thank You”.”

“What got you here won’t get your there.”

“When we presume that we are better than people who need structure and guidance, we lack one of the most crucial ingredients for change: humility.”


In this fabulous presentation, Dr. Goldsmith talks about how to become a better leader by asking yourself six special questions each day.

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