Dr. Andrew Johnston is a sought after teacher, coach, and consultant whose personal style and practical approach distinguish his work in corporate, academic, and non-profit contexts. Clients connect easily and deeply with him as he helps them increase their potential and inhabit it fully. Dr. Johnston is known for preparing leaders for real world challenges and opportunities. His engagements are focused on results, and he equips clients with new insights and strategies they can put to work immediately.

Dr. Johnston connects meaningfully with clients because he knows the charms and challenges of leadership himself. Twenty-five years of surviving and inspiring transformation as a senior-level leader have tested and tempered his own practice, and left him committed to empowering and encouraging others who want to lead and live well.

This heart for leaders is coupled with a head for leadership. Dr. Johnston knows how to move others and make the most of them. He draws from extensive academic preparation in Interpersonal Communication, Counseling Psychology, and Leadership as well as diverse experiences as an executive, psychologist, professor, NCAA coach, and counselor to create unusually powerful experiences for his clients. In them, they discover new skills, new energy, and new vision for the future.

Dr. Johnston is the husband of a wonderful woman that reminds him leadership is about genuine collaboration and occasionally taking out the trash, and the father of two children who remind him that leadership is a high (and frequently humorous) calling, not for the faint-of-heart.

Equally comfortable on stage, in a classroom, or over a cup of coffee, Dr. Johnston calls leaders to a higher place, and leaves them feeling more capable and more hopeful in the process.

Education & Experience


Principle, JohnstonConsulting

Director of Learning & Development, The Gideons International

Graduate Faculty, Vanderbilt University, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations



Professor of Leadership Studies & Director of the LEAD Project at Belmont University, Nashville Tennessee

Associate Provost & Dean of Students at Belmont University, in Nashville, Tennessee.



Dr. Johnston holds degrees in Interpersonal Communication and Literature from Wheaton College; in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University; in Higher Education Leadership & Policy from the University of Tennessee; and additional education in leadership & organizational change from Harvard University .