This week’s Spotlight features Senior Advisor and CFAR Coaching Practice Founder Richard Levin. Richard is widely recognized as one of the first executive coaches. He is a leadership developer and trusted business advisor with a knack for bringing successful people together. Click here to read his full biography.

First and last name
Richard Levin.

What is your role at CFAR?
Senior Advisor and Founder of CFAR’s Coaching Practice.

How long have you been with CFAR?
Three years.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
Collaborating and thinking with my colleagues.

What are three words you would use to describe CFAR?
Curiosity-driven, collaborative, cutting-edge (more than three words!)

What has been your favorite memory at CFAR?
Crossing boundaries to make things happen.

What is your favorite thing about working at CFAR?
The people—colleagues and clients alike.

What motivates you to go to work?
Having an impact.

What book are you currently reading right now?
Two books at the same time (that tells you something about me right there): Midnight in Washington by Adam Schiff and Finding Our Way Through Uncertainty by my mentor Barrie Sanford Greiff.


What is your favorite book/podcast?
No particular favorites…yet.

If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
The discipline to regularly exercise.

What are your top three publications that you read every morning?
Online front pages of The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Robert Hubbell’s daily newsletter on democracy.

What is one thing—industry-related or not—you learned in the last month?
The psychodynamics of owner-led businesses.

What is one thing that made you smile recently?
My granddaughter.

If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would it be and why?
I have been blessed with several remarkable work mentors. My mentors about life overall are my wife and kids. I learn from them every day.

How do you define success?
Waking up in the morning, healthy, and safe. Then, learning and/or achieving something special or new.

What inspires you?
My family, my colleagues, and my friends.