David Novak hosts real leadership conversations with the best 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 brings those leadership learnings to you in How Leaders Lead with David Novak.
Previous Walker Cup Captain, John "Spider" Miller - Leading with Dignity
John “Spider” Miller leads with Dignity. From humble beginnings in Indiana as one of eleven children, Spider learned how to work hard. His work ethic and commitment took him far in amateur golf as Captain of the US team in the 2015 and 2017 Walker Cup. In this conversation, David gets Spider’s story, insights on running a family business the right way, and an inside look at golfers like the late great Arnold Palmer.
CEO of KIND Snacks, Daniel Lubetzky - Leading with And
Founder and Executive Chairman of KIND Snacks, Daniel Lubetzky understands that living outside of society’s boundaries and traditional definitions is where kindness and creativity is found. The son of a holocaust survivor and raised in Mexico, Daniel attributes his success in leadership to his father whom he thinks of as an original “servant leader.” Listen as Daniel and David discuss ownership culture, the need to be challenged, and his book, “Do the KIND Thing.”
NBC Sports Reporter, Former Jockey & COO of Starlight Racing, Donna Barton Brothers - Leading with Communication
The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday and in this episode you'll get an on-the-track look at the Derby. You'll ride along with David and Donna as they discuss the first time she got bucked on a horse, being a woman in a male-dominated sport, interviewing the winning jockeys at the Derby, and the failures that set up Donna for her success. Donna Barton Brothers was born into the horse racing world. She grew up around horses as the daughter of a successful female jockey. Donna found success as a jockey winning over 1,100 horse races and then became an award-winning sports analyst and commentator for NBC Sports and currently serves as COO of Starlight Racing.
Part 2 | Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Fred Ridley
In Part II of this episode, we’re back with the Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Fred Ridley. Listen as the Chairman and David discuss the impact of the pandemic on the Masters, putting his team members first, and how to honor the past while pushing towards the future.
Part 1 | Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Fred Ridley | Leading with Respect
Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club since 2017, Fred Ridley is the man behind the Masters. As a lawyer and winner of the American U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, Ridley brings a comprehensive understanding of both the sport’s history and its evolution. Listen to Part I as the Chairman and David discuss rubbing shoulders with Jack Nicklaus, starting the first Augusta National Women’s Tournament, and giving back to the community of Augusta, GA.
Hint Water Founder & CEO, Kara Goldin | Leading with Undaunted
Founder and CEO of Hint Water, Kara Goldin found success in journalism at Time and at tech startups in Silicon Valley. Her early ambitions changed after discovering her hectic travel schedule led to an unhealthy lifestyle. In her pursuit of health, she discovered an untapped category in flavored water with simple ingredients. The mother of four children under six at the time, Kara put in the time, research, and money necessary to start bottling Hint Water, knowing that if the venture failed she could fall back on her tech background. Listen as Kara and David discuss fear, John Legend and her new book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubt and Doubters.
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David Novak has a skill in interviewing, in getting quality and real things from people in high positions. After listening to Larry Fitzgerald and the Snapchat episodes this morning its clear humility plays a huge role in any kind of power. Who would have thought an #nfl star would have so much wisdom on leadership! Thanks and love this thing.
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I appreciate the authentic conversations about leadership from people who are actually doing the hard work of leading teams. I always walk away with an insightful tip that I can use in my current work and it is encouraging to listen to people that have been there and done that. He has a great interview style and asks the next great question to get to the heart of the persons leadership style. I learn new things every time I listen and it has made me a better leader. The guest lineup is incredible.
I’ve learned so much as a leader to use in my daily position. Thank you, David, for bringing great guests to the show!