13 episodes

David Novak hosts real conversations with the best leaders in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done and as leaders, how they are making a difference in their communities. David, a former co-founder and CEO himself, has been asking great questions and learning from top leaders his whole life. Now he brings those leadership learnings to you in How Leaders Lead with David Novak.

How Leaders Lead with David Novak David Novak

    • Entrepreneurship

David Novak hosts real conversations with the best leaders in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done and as leaders, how they are making a difference in their communities. David, a former co-founder and CEO himself, has been asking great questions and learning from top leaders his whole life. Now he brings those leadership learnings to you in How Leaders Lead with David Novak.

    Leading with Care - CEO of CVS Health, Larry Merlo

    Leading with Care - CEO of CVS Health, Larry Merlo

    Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS Health, started his career as an impassioned pharmacist with no aspirations for the C-suite. Through his passion for pharmacy and level-headed vision, he has led CVS Health to incredible success through streamlining their mission statement, balancing the roles of teacher and student and never losing sight of the consumer and their health— including the historic decision to eliminate the sale of tobacco products. Listen as David and Larry discuss Covid-19 testing, Arnold Palmer, the opioid crisis and healthcare innovation.

    • 57 min
    Part 2: Leading with Heart - Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Part 2: Leading with Heart - Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    David is back with Tom Brady for a deeper dive into what makes him such a compelling leader. This extended interview offers a glimpse into Tom’s early life, why he chose football over baseball, how to display confidence when you don’t feel it, and more.

    • 57 min
    Part 1: Leading with Heart - Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Part 1: Leading with Heart - Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Six-time Super Bowl Champion, Tom Brady opens up about the “second quarter” of his career as he transitions from a 20-year run with the New England Patriots to a fresh start leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady describes his personal leadership style as “caring,” and places emphasis on listening and learning, diligently preparing every day, and the gratification that comes with helping those around him achieve success. Many of us have seen Tom Brady in action — but what we see on the field is only the tip of the iceberg for this incredibly passionate, hardworking and humble leader. Listen as Tom and David catch up to discuss performing in the clutch, social injustice in the NFL and the importance of daily dedication to your craft.

    • 40 min
    Leading with Resolve - Indra Nooyi | Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

    Leading with Resolve - Indra Nooyi | Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

    David talks with Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, about her path from childhood in India to leading Pepsico’s transformation to deliver healthier products with greater purpose. Indra tells how she saw dark clouds on the horizon of PepsiCo’s future when she was established as CEO, and how she carried out her plan to change the product portfolio to reflect the changing consumer, despite strong pushback. Now enjoying retirement, Indra shares her perspective of how COVID is exposing the need for radical societal change to address inequalities. She also talks about the work she is doing on a memoir about how she balances career, marriage, and family.

    • 1 hr
    Leading with Panache - Bobbi Brown | Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics & CEO of Beauty Evolution

    Leading with Panache - Bobbi Brown | Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics & CEO of Beauty Evolution

    How does the creator of one of the world’s most well known beauty brands, pivot to the wellness category and find her footing in a place where authenticity, realness and reality are key? David gets the story behind Bobbi Brown, the brand and the woman who turned her lipstick-making hobby into a billion dollar brand, only to sell it in search of a new challenge – the wellness market. He gets to the story behind the story, where from an early age, Bobbi watched her grandfather in his business, building up security and comfort to be “Just Bobbi.” 

    Always working to make things better, Bobbi left Estée Lauder after 22 years to try her hand at wellness products. This gave her the freedom to solve problems in unexpected ways and lead a creative team who is not content with the norm. Her lack of fear and excitement to jump into new opportunities with a risk of failure, keeps Bobbi from feeling like she missed a moment. Her desire to create something more authentic has driven her through her career. Whether it be more natural toned lipsticks and makeup that bring out the innate beauty in women, or finding that natural product that brings out the best in someone - has naturally guided her devotion to raising up other women, creating role models and to pursue wellness and success in life.

    • 48 min
    Leading with Decency - Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard

    Leading with Decency - Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard

    David talks with the CEO of Mastercard about his work to make fairness as important a trait of leadership as empathy. David gets Ajay’s story about growing up in India and learning to create plans B and C for every situation. Ajay shares his vision for creating financial inclusivity that empowers low-income people to access the funds and credit they need to thrive without depending on corrupt government support. Ajay also explains how diversity is closely linked to innovation, and how the responsibility of leaders is not to create unbalanced privilege for a few, but to level the playing field for all and recognize success from wherever it comes.

    • 1 hr

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