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The Winning CEO

Lars Rebien Sørensen, Marshall Goldsmith

A unique discussion between the world’s leading CEO, and the world’s leading leadership coach. New markets with new challenges and new opportunities need new styles of leadership. In particular, we focus on the role of being a visionary – being a collaborator, and how to bring people together – and being a coach not just a manager. Leaders of today’s most successful businesses clearly work and win in new ways. We explore the secrets of the best performing CEOs, and what will they need to change and develop in order to be successful in the future.

So what makes an effective business leader? We brought the world’s #1 business leader, Lars Rebien Sorensen of Novo Nordisk, together with the world’s #1 business coach, Marshall Goldsmith:

  • The CEO’s responsibility is to deliver a long term strategy, not just quarterly results. Business also needs a bigger purpose, to make the world better.
  • Leadership is a lot about luck. Most leaders have most of the right ingredients. They need the right organisations, markets and teams to win.
  • What are the most important attributes of a winning CEO? Courage, humility and discipline.

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Lars Rebien Sørensen is the “world’s best performing CEO” according to Harvard Business Review in 2015 and 2016, when he was President and CEO of Novo Nordisk. In one of his first appearances since his retirement, the Dane reflects on 40 years of corporate life, working across the world, and what he has learnt works and doesn’t work as a business leader. He also offers advice for the next generation of leaders, seeking to navigate an ever more complicated world.

Marshall Goldsmith is regarded as the world’s leading leadership coach. He is a pioneer in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. His success is built upon a very practical, no-nonsense approach to leadership. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – winner of the Harold Longman award for business book of the year. He features at #5 on the Thinkers50 Global Ranking.