275 episodes

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 • 518 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!

    Kevin Hochman, CEO of Brinker International (Chili’s and Maggiano’s) – Strengthen core functions by making tough cuts

    Kevin Hochman, CEO of Brinker International (Chili’s and Maggiano’s) – Strengthen core functions by making tough cuts

    When people talk about cutting and simplifying parts of your business, it can feel scary. 
    But as you’ll hear in this conversation, that’s what you’ve got to do if you want to free up resources for the BIG things that really drive BIG growth.
    You’ll also learn:

    The first thing to do in a new role (especially a turnaround)

    A powerful insight on pricing strategy

    Three keys to smarter innovation

    What every young leader needs to do to get buy-in on a big initiative


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    3 More Questions (Jon Rahm) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    3 More Questions (Jon Rahm) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

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

    What is your favorite Masters memory?

    How would you advise leaders to tackle criticism after having changed their minds?

    What’s your mental process for staying focused when coming down the proverbial stretch in business?


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    GO DEEPER


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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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    • 11 min
    Jon Rahm, Professional golfer and defending Masters champion — Own your decisions

    Jon Rahm, Professional golfer and defending Masters champion — Own your decisions

    A big part of any leader’s job is to make decisions.
    But making a decision is just the beginning. You’ve also got to own your decisions.
    Listen to this episode with professional golfer and defending Masters Champion Jon Rahm to see what that looks like—and why it’s crucial to your success.
    You’ll also learn:

    The power of setting short-term goals

    One surprising insight about happiness 

    Practical ways to achieve better work-life balance

    Stories from the 2023 Masters you may not have heard yet


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    Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day

    • 1 hr 4 min
    3 More Questions (Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    3 More Questions (Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa) with David Novak and Koula Callahan

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

    How can leaders eliminate silos and bureaucracy so that the right information gets to each department in the company?

    What advice can you give leaders about how to price their products competitively?

    Where should leaders look when they’re trying to innovate while also staying true to their core brand and product?


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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
    Warby Parker Cofounders and Co-CEOs, Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa – Information has to travel quickly

    Warby Parker Cofounders and Co-CEOs, Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa – Information has to travel quickly

    When information doesn’t get to the right people at the right time, it’s a recipe for disaster. 
    People can’t make smart decisions. It creates unnecessary conflict. And teams end up siloed and not aligned. 
    If you want to make sure information is moving fast in your organization, listen to this conversation with Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, the co-CEOs of the incredibly successful eyeglass company Warby Parker.
    You’ll also learn:

    One habit that every strong partnership needs

    Why a clearly defined brand identity is key for creativity

    What to do when disagreements arise

    How to be successful in retail today


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    FEATURED RESOURCE
    The How Leaders Lead mobile app
    Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Best Of Q1

    The Best Of Q1

    In this episode, we take all the great wisdom from the last three months and highlight the most impactful takeaways for you.
    The Best Of Q1 features leadership insights from these incredible leaders:

    Brian Niccol, CEO of Chipotle

    Deion Sanders, University of Colorado Head Football Coach

    Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Former CEO of Celebrity Cruises

    Dan Hurley, UConn Men's Basketball Head Coach

    Tim Schurrer, Author and CEO of David Novak Leadership

    Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Walter Driver, Cofounder and CEO of Scopely

    Lynn Swann, NFL Hall of Famer

    Aylwin Lewis, Former Chairman & CEO of Potbelly

    Joe Scarlett, Former CEO of Tractor Supply

    Michelle Korsmo, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association

    Matt Doherty, Author and former head basketball coach at North Carolina


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    FEATURED RESOURCE
    The How Leaders Lead mobile app
    Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
518 Ratings

518 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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