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Welcome to How Leaders Lead with David Novak, where each week David sits down for real conversations with some of the top leaders in business… sports… entertainment… and life… to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done!
David has been asking questions and learning from some of the most talented people on the planet for decades. Which is a big reason why he became a global CEO and inspiring leader in his own right. In his new podcast, How Leaders Lead, David keeps the questions coming for everyone to listen to, learn from and maybe even apply to their own style of leadership. 
David is a New York Times best-selling author and the co-founder of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut). He was named "2012 CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review.
He created a world-renowned recognition culture based on putting people first! Now David is helping others learn how to drives great results by teaching “must-have” leadership skills at davidnovakleadership.com.

How Leaders Lead with David Novak David Novak

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9, 144 Ratings

Welcome to How Leaders Lead with David Novak, where each week David sits down for real conversations with some of the top leaders in business… sports… entertainment… and life… to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done!
David has been asking questions and learning from some of the most talented people on the planet for decades. Which is a big reason why he became a global CEO and inspiring leader in his own right. In his new podcast, How Leaders Lead, David keeps the questions coming for everyone to listen to, learn from and maybe even apply to their own style of leadership. 
David is a New York Times best-selling author and the co-founder of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut). He was named "2012 CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review.
He created a world-renowned recognition culture based on putting people first! Now David is helping others learn how to drives great results by teaching “must-have” leadership skills at davidnovakleadership.com.

    Leading with Simple - Kendra Scott | Founder & CEO

    Leading with Simple - Kendra Scott | Founder & CEO

    Kendra and David talk about entrepreneurship and what it took for Kendra to turn a pain point she experienced as a consumer buying jewelry into a successful business devoted to surprising and delighting customers while empowering employees. They also talk about how Kendra has pivoted her company in light of COVID-19 to not just survive, but create ways to be even more effective and engaged with their customers. 
    David and Kendra talk about how her mom’s work for Mary Kay inspired her own style of entrepreneurship and ways to lead others. They talk about her journey from starting a hat boutique at the age of 19 to running a multi-billion jewelry business far from the elite coasts in Texas, and how hearing so many people tell her “no” spurred her on to find success. David also gets Kendra’s perspective on creating a work culture that is kind, quick to pivot and get creative, and empowers front-line associates to make decisions that best serve the customers. Kendra is making a difference in the world of jewelry by turning the pain point of entering a stuffy jewelry store less scary and more relational by focusing on customer connections rather than transactions.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Leading with Kindness - Evan Spiegel | SNAP CEO

    Leading with Kindness - Evan Spiegel | SNAP CEO

    In this episode, David gets the story behind Evan Spiegel’s creation of SnapChat, and how Evan went from riding a wave of celebrity after SnapChat went public to climbing out of the hole when his app redesign soured the stocks. Evan recognizes that his role as CEO is to create a place where creative people feel comfortable with themselves and their teammates in order to take the risks required to make great innovations happen. That is why he works hard to establish a culture of Kind, Smart, and Creative for himself and his team. Evan shares how he has matured as a leader, embracing accountability from his board, team, and customers, and how he learned to say “no” in order to focus on what matters most. David also gets Evan’s perspective on the COVID crisis and the push for racial justice in America, and how both events should change how decision-makers invest in America’s future.
    Evan Spiegel loves what he does, and he wants the people who work at Snap to love what they do and be comfortable with who they are. By making kindness one of Snap’s core values, Evan is building a culture where employees are able to be the most creative and innovative designers in social media technology. As a young CEO, Evan has faced many ups and downs—from getting several big-dollar offers to buy him out after going public to facing severe criticism when he redesigned SnapChat. Along the way, Evan has embraced accountability and listened carefully in order to bring the community with him towards exciting innovations in communication. 

    • 1 hr
    Leading with Greatness - Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals WR

    Leading with Greatness - Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals WR

    Larry and David talk less about Larry’s career as a football player and more about Larry’s leadership in the community during divisive times, his philanthropic efforts, what leadership looks like on the field (people follow those who work the hardest, regardless of their position), and how sports bring diverse people together and breaks down walls.
    David opens by getting Larry’s origin story about going from the son of a sportscaster in Minnesota to being the youngest player in the NFL as a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. David then gets Larry’s stories and insights from the world of pro football, along with his life advice for young leaders about learning, handling criticism, and what sports can teach a divided nation about unity. David then asks Larry about his experience in the world of business and how he has adapted to that world. After the Lightning Round, David asks Larry a series of questions about his work in the community and his family.  
    Larry Fitzgerald works hard. He isn’t concerned about having a title people respect. Instead, Larry wins people over by setting an example worth following, and by investing in the people around him on a personal level. By being the best player and business person he can be in practice, Larry knows he will be ready to perform at the big game on Sunday. Even at the game, Larry sets an example by making precise plays instead of relying on raw athleticism. 

    • 1 hr
    How Leaders Lead Trailer

    How Leaders Lead Trailer

    David has been asking questions and learning from some of the most talented people on the planet for decades. Which is a big reason he became one of the 20 Best CEO’s in the world according to Barron’s Magazine. On How Leaders Lead with David Novak, David keeps the questions coming for you to listen to, learn from, and maybe even apply to your own style of leadership. 

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Mister Cheddar ,

How Leaders Lead with David Novak

What an incredible lineup of guests talking to David, who they obviously like and respect, in a really insightful, intelligent and entertaining way. I love hearing how these people think, how their minds work. I feel like I'm eavesdropping at a coffee shop!! A great listen.

Niren C ,

Outstanding !!

David Novak has been and continues to be one of my most influential mentors and friends over the years - I am so glad that in this podcast series David will now have real conversations with real leaders about how they get great things done !

Visc@B@rc@1 ,

How do leaders lead?

It certainly is not by refusing to pay migrant workers an extra penny per pound for picking tomatoes. That’s right, YUM, an extra penny. Remember how long that took. These “leaders” are truly trash.

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