Expert on Outstanding Leadership and Management Practices
Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. Addressing more than 250,000 people around the world each year, he shows audiences the correlation between strengths-driven, engaged employees and business fundamentals such as turnover rates, customer satisfaction, profits, and productivity. Challenging entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success, Buckingham’s approach is a win/win scenario that defines the future of work.
Building on nearly two decades of experience as a senior researcher at Gallup Organization, Buckingham currently guides the vision of the ADP Research Institute as head of people and performance research. He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2006 with a clear mission: to instigate a “strengths revolution.” He believes that when people spend the majority of each day on the job using their greatest talents and engaged in their favorite tasks, both they and their organizations will win.
The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in Buckingham’s bestselling books: First, Break All the Rules (co-authored with Curt Coffman); Now, Discover Your Strengths (co-authored with Donald O. Clifton); The One Thing You Need to Know; Go Put Your Strengths To Work; The Truth About You; Find Your Strongest Life; and StandOut 2.0.
Buckingham’s latest book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better. It has been recognized as one of the best management and leadership books of 2019 by Inc., Amazon, Strategy + Business, Porchlight, Audible, and Book Pal’s Outstanding Works of Literature Award.
In his role as an author, thought leader, and business expert, Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring, and inspiring people to find their strengths and sustain long-lasting personal success.
Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master’s degree in social and political science.