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David Novak lets you be a fly on the wall and learn from the best CEOs, founders & entrepreneurs in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they lead and get such incredible things done. Past guests include Tom Brady, Condoleezza Rice, Jamie Dimon (CEO of JPMorgan Chase), Deion "Coach Prime" Sanders, Alan Mulally (former CEO of Ford), Indra Nooyi (former CEO of PepsiCo), Stanley Druckenmiller (#1 investor in the world), Carol Tomé (CEO of UPS), Ginni Rometty (former CEO of IBM), Ken Langone (co-founder of The Home Depot), Dude Perfect, Roger Goodell (commissioner of the NFL), and many others.
David, a former cofounder 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. That's what this show is all about!

How Leaders Lead with David Novak David Novak

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 519 Ratings

David Novak lets you be a fly on the wall and learn from the best CEOs, founders & entrepreneurs in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they lead and get such incredible things done. Past guests include Tom Brady, Condoleezza Rice, Jamie Dimon (CEO of JPMorgan Chase), Deion "Coach Prime" Sanders, Alan Mulally (former CEO of Ford), Indra Nooyi (former CEO of PepsiCo), Stanley Druckenmiller (#1 investor in the world), Carol Tomé (CEO of UPS), Ginni Rometty (former CEO of IBM), Ken Langone (co-founder of The Home Depot), Dude Perfect, Roger Goodell (commissioner of the NFL), and many others.
David, a former cofounder 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. That's what this show is all about!

    David Novak, Cofounder and former CEO of Yum! Brands – Be an active learner

    David Novak, Cofounder and former CEO of Yum! Brands – Be an active learner

    Today’s guest isn’t a guest at all. It’s David Novak himself! We’re turning the tables and putting David in the hot seat, so you can hear more about how he leads.
    This conversation is full of stories and insights into how he’s leveraged the superpower of being an active learner in order to drive success, both as the CEO of Yum! Brands but also now with David Novak Leadership. 
    If you want to learn how to find new ideas and turn them into action, listen now!
    You’ll also learn:

    The most important thing to know if you want to build a culture of recognition

    A simple exercise you can do each year to focus on your own growth

    How to galvanize an unmotivated team

    The two big lessons David learned from his Crystal Pepsi debacle

    All about David’s new passion for country music songwriting (no, really!)

    
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    3 More Questions (Steve Squeri) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    3 More Questions (Steve Squeri) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to:

    What are other ways leaders can show their people that they’re acting on the feedback they receive?

    What’s your take on Steve wanting the organization to operate more as an enterprise as opposed to individual business units that competed against each other?

    How should a leader adjust their approach to leading people who have very different experiences?


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    Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week!


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    • 14 min
    Steve Squeri, Chairman and CEO of AMEX – Make self-reflection a habit

    Steve Squeri, Chairman and CEO of AMEX – Make self-reflection a habit

    As leaders, we all want to get better. But we often overlook the level of self-reflection it takes to actually improve.
    It can be really uncomfortable to ask for feedback and reflect honestly on your shortcomings.
    If you want to learn to embrace self-reflection and feedback, listen to this episode with Steve Squeri, the CEO and Chairman of American Express.
    He’s a phenomenal example of how that mindset can unlock incredible new growth for you!
    You’ll also learn:

    Practical strategies to navigate hybrid and in-person working decisions

    Four powerful questions to ask your team when you start a new role

    One mistake you don’t want to make as a manager or supervisor

    Why staying even-keeled is a leadership superpower

    
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    • 56 min
    3 More Questions (Rory McIlroy) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    3 More Questions (Rory McIlroy) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to:

    What is your take on how to handle business relationships with close friends … ? Are there certain boundaries you have to have to maintain the friendship while also working together?

    What can other leaders learn from Rory's approach to goal setting? 

    How do leaders find the balance between having conviction in their points of view… while also maintaining the ability to change their minds?


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    GO DEEPER


    Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store



    Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week!


    Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!

    • 12 min
    Rory McIlroy, Professional golfer – Be open-minded

    Rory McIlroy, Professional golfer – Be open-minded

    Is it a sign of weakness to change your mind?
    Sure, leaders need to have the courage of their convictions.
    But often, good leadership means hearing others’ perspectives and letting your perspective evolve as you get more information.
    Nobody understands that better than professional golfer Rory McIlroy, who, like all pro players, has had to navigate the seismic conflict between PGA Tour and the LIV Tour.
    In this episode, hear what it looks like to keep an open mind as you lead—plus see how Rory mentally prepares to be at his best in the biggest moments.
    You’ll also learn:

    What you might be getting wrong about goal-setting

    Rory’s ideas on how the PGA and LIV could work together for the greater good of golf

    One crucial habit you need to work well with friends

    How juggling (yes, juggling!) has helped Rory’s golf game, plus other mindset tricks

    
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    • 51 min
    3 More Questions (Val Ackerman) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    3 More Questions (Val Ackerman) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to:

    Can you explain what you mean when you say “involving others” is a key pillar in your leadership framework?

     What would you say to leaders who are tasked with recruiting people when their organization might not be performing at its potential?

    What are the things YOU focus on when assembling a team of great talent?


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    GO DEEPER


    Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store



    Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week!


    Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
519 Ratings

519 Ratings

MC2Ant ,

Great insights and engaging conversations

I’ve become a huge fan of the show and enjoy David’s conversations with some inspiring leaders. His insights and questions based on the conversation always leave me with takeaways and thoughts that keep me growing as a leader.

Bill Boglioli ,

Inspired

This podcast is a must for all leaders no matter what level in your work life your at or the type of industry. You will become a more empathetic leader and create an incredible culture by understanding everyone has their own needs, wants and goals. Mr. Novak does a great job of depicting this through an absolute all star cast of sports, business and medical leadership.

Jjkittie ,

Fan

I really enjoy your annotations. During the podcast and following. I particularly enjoy when you highlight a point and relate it to one of your experiences or a point from one of your previous interviews

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