87 episodes

David Novak hosts real leadership conversations with the best CEOs, Founders & Entrepreneurs in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done and 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 breaks down the key learnings so that by the end of each episode, you’ll have something simple you can apply as you develop into a better leader.

How Leaders Lead with David Novak David Novak

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 405 Ratings

David Novak hosts real leadership conversations with the best CEOs, Founders & Entrepreneurs in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done and 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 breaks down the key learnings so that by the end of each episode, you’ll have something simple you can apply as you develop into a better leader.

    Go all in with Ryan Serhant, Real Estate Entrepreneur and Television Star

    Go all in with Ryan Serhant, Real Estate Entrepreneur and Television Star

    Today’s guest is Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo’s television series Million Dollar Listing: New York and Sell it Like Serhant. He also runs a wildly successful real estate firm.
    We all know that a leader casts a shadow in their organization, meaning the people in the company mirror what they see in their leader. The truth is, some leaders aren’t fully committed. While they may be clocking in everyday, their teams can see them going through the motions, and so what they get in return is a disengaged team that’s mirroring their lack of commitment. But then there are leaders like Ryan who go ALL IN! They are the leaders who are excited to go to work, and their excitement and energy spill over to their teams, and as a result, they have engaged teams who bring their best each and every day.
    My guess is that you probably want to be a leader—and have a team—more like Ryan.
    How can you make that happen? 
    Well, what you’re about to learn from Ryan Serhant is what it looks like to go all in and the impact that approach will have on the team you lead. 
    And boy, does Ryan have some crazy stories! I’ll let him tell the full version, but there was a time he flew to Europe in an attempt to close an $8 million deal for an apartment in New York. Talk about going all in!

    • 45 min
    Steward your brand and your people with Paul Varga, Former Chairman & CEO of Brown-Forman

    Steward your brand and your people with Paul Varga, Former Chairman & CEO of Brown-Forman

    Today’s guest is Paul Varga, the former Chairman and CEO of Brown-Forman, the largest distilling company in the world with brands like Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve. 
    They have a saying at Brown-Forman, “Build Forever.” The company started in 1890, and the way Paul sees it, it was his responsibility to steward two key parts of the business. He wanted to continue to build their iconic brands, but he also made it a top priority to build their people up as well. Because what a tragedy it would be if the brands grew and their people didn’t grow with it! 
    What you’re about to hear is why Paul cared so deeply about developing his people and ultimately, how that drove success in their business. The great leaders I know build forever, stewarding both their brands and their people. 

    • 39 min
    Learn to be an effective negotiator with Molly Fletcher, Keynote Speaker and Former Sports Agent

    Learn to be an effective negotiator with Molly Fletcher, Keynote Speaker and Former Sports Agent

    Today's guest is Molly Fletcher, who CNN hailed as the female Jerry Maguire, for her work negotiating over $500 million in contracts as a sports agent. 
    If I were to ask you what you do for a living, my guess is you likely wouldn't respond with “I'm a negotiator.” But when you think about it, you're in negotiations multiple times a day: as you collaborate with your team about a project deadline, as your leadership team debates what the company should focus on, and even something as simple as which restaurant you should go to for a client meeting. You constantly have to work through a variety of priorities to settle on a satisfactory decision.
    The great leaders I know understand that they are constantly negotiating and have learned to navigate these situations extremely well. And you're about to learn negotiation from someone who has done a lot of it. 

    • 46 min
    Build to last with Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos

    Build to last with Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos

    Today's guest is Patrick Spence, the CEO of Sonos. So many tech companies that build consumer products are set up in a way where they make their products obsolete every time they launch a new product. The idea is that the minute the new device is available, their customers will abandon the old product and buy the newest model. 
    But what's interesting is that Sonos has a very different strategy. They set out to build their products to last. They want their customers to have their products for a long, long time. It's a unique approach in their industry. But there's something about it, that core principle that ties in well with the mark of a great leader. 
    You see, the great leaders, I know, they build the last, they make decisions to keep the brand strong beyond just the present moment. They develop leaders in their organization. So there's always a pipeline of strong talent when new opportunities arise. They treat their customers with dignity and respect, which breeds long term brand loyalty. 
    I could go on and on and what you're about to hear from Patrick Spence, and how he leads Sonos as their CEO, is that he's leading with this build the last approach in all aspects of the business. I can't wait for you to listen in.

    • 53 min
    Know where you need to go with Terry McGuirk, Atlanta Braves Chairman

    Know where you need to go with Terry McGuirk, Atlanta Braves Chairman

    Today's guest is Terry McGurk, the Chairman of the Atlanta Braves. In 2016, right after the Braves went 68-93 (a pretty rough season), Terry told me that it would take five years to turn the franchise around. Well guess what? He had a turnaround plan that worked. And in 2021, the Braves won the World Series, which is exactly what he predicted. 
    In this episode, you'll hear him talk about how they did this. But the lesson for us here as leaders is that Terry had extreme clarity about where he and the organization needed to go. 
    Many leaders don't have a clear vision for their teams. Instead, they get caught in a vicious cycle of responding to emails and attending meetings without doing the necessary work to pause and zoom out and get clear about where the company needs to go. 
    The goal of the leader is to take their team to victory. And we can't do that if we haven't first identified exactly where we need to go. 
    You're about to hear how a great leader like Terry McGuirk had a clear view of success and how he assembled a team around him to execute that vision.

    • 51 min
    Get things done with Larry Bossidy, Former Chairman and CEO of Honeywell International

    Get things done with Larry Bossidy, Former Chairman and CEO of Honeywell International

    Today’s guest is Larry Bossidy … the former chairman and CEO of Honeywell International and author of the book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done.
    Have you ever put together a business strategy that didn’t work? Or perhaps the plans to execute that strategy weren’t effective and ultimately, you failed? Building a strategy is one thing and executing it successfully is another. 
    But Larry knows what it takes to get things done and in this conversation, you’re going to hear how he leverages three things, just three things to make big things happen: people, strategy, and operations. It was the process and discipline he put around those parts of the business that made his teams successful and it’s what you can focus on as a leader if you too want to be successful.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
405 Ratings

405 Ratings

Pepi to ,

Informative and Inspirational

David Novak interviews a diverse group of people from different backgrounds. A lot of useful information for any leader and very inspiring.

Adarsh Canada ,

Inspiring and soul searching

Hello David,
Thank you very much for taking time to share the stories of leaders from diverse sections of our society. I have been listening to your podcasts for more than a year ( during my weekend runs) and eagerly look forward to new episodes. Stories shared by esteemed guests on your show are inspiring as well as thought provoking. Please continue this great work!

APFraz ,

All

Each week I look forward to David’s conversations with amazing leaders. I enjoy the diversity of backgrounds, industries and always wishing the conversation would go just a little bit longer. Thank you for showing us “How Leaders Lead!”

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