The Seismic Shift in Leadership


The Seismic Shift in Leadership. In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Michelle Johnston about the Seismic Shift in Leadership towards a relationship based style. They discuss why leaders that insist on using a command and control style of leadership aren’t trusted by others. Judith explains that organisations only succeed on the goodwill of their employees and they must keep this subtle balance in check.

Michelle shares a number of examples that really bring the seismic change to life. Judith queries whether the shift is in the leader and the leadership is how this is demonstrated for others. Connection really matters and Judith ponders whether leaders are reacting to being institutionalised by the organisation.

Listen to this conversation to understand why curating your professional self is no longer possible and what Executive teams must do to connect and lead their organisation. Judith talks about the effect of all the generations working from home together during covid and how that affected leadership styles and expectations.

Maverick leadership is all about thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo. It’s about having the courage to take risks and the confidence to lead in a way that is authentic and genuine.

But amplifying your influence as a leader isn’t just about having a strong vision or a big personality. It’s also about having the right leadership capability and being able to execute on your ideas and plans.

The consequences of not having the right level of influence as a leader can be significant. Without the ability to inspire and motivate others, you may struggle to achieve your goals and make a real impact.

How Influential Are you? Take the scorecard at and see. 

Michelle Johnston can be found on LinkedIn here.

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  1. The points made by Michelle are rock solid. When we look back at history, these approaches have always worked. It’s just that the overpowering, let me say, strong arm approach of the past was “accepted” as the norm. We were taught it in school. To be different was the exception. My hats off to those who lived the exception. The pandemic era has helped blow a hole in the ceiling that has been in place for decades. It’s time for fresh air!

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