Michelle Gibbings | Workplace Expert, Author, Leadership Facilitator, Talks


Getting you ready for tomorrow, today.®

Michelle Gibbings is on a mission to bring a little joy back into the workplace, after all, she is the expert. Having penned three books, she speaks internationally, passionately and prominently about better ways to lead. Her mantra is simple: help people thrive and progress is accelerated.

Leadership Facilitator

Using expertly designed and custom curated facilitation, Michelle helps organisations and teams secure greater engagement, enhanced capability and strategically aligned decisions.

Executive Mentor

Supporting forward thinking executives, Michelle enhances careers and outcomes by shifting perspectives: elevating her client’s ability to connect, engage and empower.

Keynote Speaker

Internationally recognised, Michelle is the author of three books and is welcomed on stages globally to help inspire leaders, teams and organisations to create successful and thriving workplaces.

We are living in a time of unprecedented change.

Every industry, market or sector is confronting disruption, making it increasingly difficult to predict the future. Are you ready?

In a shifting landscape, the solutions aren’t always obvious. And yet, the expectations have never been higher. Demands on leadership are increasing and the pressure to perform is unparalleled. What can we do to stay relevant? How do we make sustainable, meaningful progress? To thrive, we need to find a way to navigate this complexity, and pragmatic and purposeful steps to identify, harness and leverage the unseen opportunities.

"From our very first meeting when my team and I were exploring various presenters in which to introduce to our cohort of leaders, to deliver the training, I loved that Michelle was honest, down to earth, practical, exuded a quiet confidence, was flexible, and open to accommodating our specific training requests that we had identified for our leaders.

Michelle was proactive in ensuring she was well-prepared for the training she was going to deliver. She set participants some pre-work which took not more than 15-20 mins to get them thinking and reflecting on the areas that they are doing well and where they might like to further develop, so she prepared people well in advance of the session so that they arrived ready to learn, being intentional about their learning objectives for the session.

On the day of training, Michelle was super organized, arriving very early in the day to ensure she had ample time to navigate her way across our expansive campus and was all set and ready to go. Michelle was relaxed, polished, poised, and professional. She had every single participant hooked (pin-drop silence) and she owned the room, from the moment she commenced the training.

Our audience commented on how impressed they were, that she took the time to remember each person's name. She ensured that everyone was comfortable, that everyone had an opportunity to reflect and share their own thoughts about the learnings and she ensured robust discussion from all participants. We conducted a post-training feedback survey from all participants and Michelle received high praise for her engaging style, for sharing her career stories and experiences, and for her deep knowledge of the subject matter delivered. Our people expressed a strong desire to undertake further training with Michelle so we look forward to engaging with her again in the near future."

Samantha Solomons, Manager, Strategy and Performance, Monash University

"Having read Michelle’s books, Step Up and Career Leap, and having watched her present to the CFO Forum that I attend monthly, I knew that Michelle had exactly the mindset that I was after to elevate my team. What resonated with me the most was that Michelle had the ability to take technical experts, develop their knowledge and self-awareness so that they too can become great leaders. She worked with my leadership team and me over a 12-month period to elevate the team. She designed a bespoke leadership program that focused on the leadership capability and strategic effectiveness of the team using both group and individual activities to achieve the desired outcomes.

Michelle is an expert in her field, and her ability to understand the organisational context, draw on her own corporate experience as well as new ways of thinking and leading is a powerful combination. She is an absolute delight to work with. My team found the experience incredibly beneficial and there was such a notable improvement I was thrilled with the outcomes at all levels."

CFO, Leading Global Service Provider

“Michelle was a keynote speaker at the International Confederation of Principals Conference in Shanghai in 2019. Her speech – ‘Finding your leadership edge’ – set the right tone, message and energy for the audience, and we received tremendous feedback on her presentation from the international delegates. Michelle engaged exceptionally well and her attendance at other events that were part of the conference schedule was an added bonus. The delegates really valued her spending time with them in social settings. The delegates appreciated her content and style, but also her genuine interest in them. Comments such as how amazing, friendly, clever, and down to earth she is were made. If you are looking for a speaker who engages, challenges and inspires delegates, is committed to delivering an excellent outcome and customises her work to your delegates, then we would highly recommend her.”

Sheree Vertigan AM, Executive Secretary, International Confederation of Principals
Alta van Heerden, President, International Confederation of Principals

Making a better system, not the system better.

Working with forward-thinking leaders, executive teams and large-scale organisations, Michelle Gibbings helps people embrace the unknown, deepen their decision making and build their courage, conviction and capability. The key to her success is working with people through three lenses: as an individual, a leader, and in their wider role (and influence) within their organisation. Tapping into each of these facets, she brings self-awareness to the forefront, empowering people to work with those around them in a way that is productive, healthy and happy.

The result? People are cool, calm and collected when dealing with the challenges of today. And remain bold, brave and balanced in the face of future disruption.

Bad Boss

Order Michelle's New Book!

Bad Boss: What to do if you work for one, manage one or are one.

The award-winning book, Bad Boss, is for anyone who is in – or who is keen to avoid – a negative workplace environment characterised by difficult relationships.  The question is, in a tough or toxic work environment, are you brave enough to take action to improve challenging relationships? Read more…

Fast reader? Hungry for practical tips? Continue learning and exploring your potential with Michelle Gibbings best-selling books Step Up and Career Leap, which uncover ways to help you step ahead, step up and leap into your brilliant future.

2021 Australian Business Book Award Winner

  • Best Management and HR Book - Finalist
  • Best Cover Design - Winner

Best Management and HR Book award 2021

Best cover design book award 2021

In Action...

Michelle Gibbings is on a mission to help leaders, teams and organisations create successful workplaces – where people thrive, and progress is accelerated. Through advice, insights and practical tools she empowers people to thrive through complexity, unlock greater awareness, and make powerful, wise and congruent choices.  Choices that better serve their colleagues, organisation and career.

Watch Michelle in action helping people, teams and organisation get ready for what the future holds, today.

Who Michelle Gibbings works with

Michelle Gibbings works with some of Australia’s most respected organisations. With her expertise in high demand, she has developed leaders, enhanced team dynamics and evolved workplace cultures in everything from small start-ups to global corporate giants, as well as government departments and agencies.


Who Michelle Gibbings writes for

An expert in her field, Michelle’s words of wisdom are frequently featured in international publications and across a host of digital sites and media outlets. Providing insight into workplace cultures, career progression and practical tools on how to prepare people for the inevitable challenges of today, and tomorrow.


“With so many self-improvement and organisational effectiveness courses and content available today, it can be difficult to know where to start – particularly for time poor executives. But from the moment I met Michelle I knew that she was different. Her extensive industry experience provides real world examples, she is warm and engaging, and she is extremely knowledgeable in her field. I’ve since read all her books, I religiously read her Friday Weekly Edition email, and in October had the pleasure of attending the Step Up and Influence course. The course struck the right balance between best practice literature, practical tips and activities. Michelle adeptly read the room, tailored the content to the audience, and kept us all highly engaged throughout the day. I came away with some tangible things I could do - and am doing - differently, with real outcomes. Thank you Michelle.”

Deborah Reid, Program Director, IAG

“I had always questioned the need for an executive coach, but then I had the opportunity to work with Michelle. I appreciate that finding an executive coach that challenges you, suits your style and provides precisely the guidance you need isn't easy, and I feel very fortunate to have found that in Michelle. Having worked with her over the last few years, during a particularly demanding period of my career, I can attest to the soundness of her advice, the breadth of her experience and her warm and engaging style. Importantly, she understands organisational contexts and situations and therefore can readily support you as you work through the optimal way forward.
She is fabulous to work with and I highly recommend her!

Katrina Bobeff, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Opal Group

“Having engaged Michelle a number of times, we are very impressed with her ability to facilitate groups of all sizes with natural ease. Michelle has worked with our Senior Leadership Team and also with our wider team of over 80 staff members. On both occasions Michelle provided extremely valuable sessions. Her ability to draw out key outputs and actions from these sessions that then flow through to results is second to none. Her collaborative approach to these sessions sees Michelle really get to know the team and our needs. She facilitates interactive, open and meaningful sessions that we would highly recommend to any sized team.”

Chris Walsh, Chief Information Officer, John Holland