087 The Seismic Shift in Leadership: How To Thrive In A New Era of Connection with Dr. Michelle K. Johnston

“Perfection equals disconnection.” – Dr. Michelle K. Johnston

Are you a perfectionist? Do you struggle to connect with your team? Your boss? If so, the latest episode of The New Leader Podcast is for you!

My guest today is Dr. Michelle K. Johnston, author of The Seismic Shift in Leadership.

Michelle holds a PhD in Communications from Louisiana State University, is a member of the MG100 Coaches group, and serves as the Gaston Chair of Business at Loyola University New Orleans. An absolute class act, and we had such a fun and informative chat!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why connection drives results
  • How to determine if your people feel seen, heard, valued, respected and appreciated
  • How to use the 5 elements of assessment to determine how connected you are with your team, and what to do next…and much more!

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Be intentional about connecting

It takes intention to carve time in your meetings to ask about that person on a personal level, ask them how their kids are or about their travel plans or whatnot. That’s what drives results.

Connection drives results. Connection is the only way you can disrupt.


First steps to connecting to your team

The first thing you can do as a new leader is a self-assessment. Ask yourself or your people, do your people feel seen, heard, valued, respected, and appreciated? Because those are the five elements of how to meaningfully connect with your people.

Connection drives results

I had this realization that number one, command and control is no longer effective. Jerk bosses no longer allowed. Number two, that it was all about connection.

Only after I have conducted all my interviews did I realize how much connection drives results. So connection first and foremost drives well-being. Well-being then drives team collaboration and psychological safety, which then drives productivity, increased decision-making, which then drives innovation, and innovation drives financial performance.


Links and Resources

Connect with Michelle: Website, LinkedIn, Twitter

The Seismic Shift In Leadership by Dr. Michelle K. Johnston (book)