Frances Johnston, PhD


About Frances:

Dr. Frances Johnston is Co-Chair of the Teleos Leadership Institute, an international consulting firm serving leaders of Fortune 100 businesses and major not-for-profit organizations such as the United Nations. She also serves on the faculty of the Gestault Institute of Cleveland, and teaches at the Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. In all of these roles, she designs innovative approaches to leadership development and works internationally with senior executives as an advisor, focusing on the intersection of leadership and strategy as well as organizational transformation. Dr. Johnston works collaboratively with clients to create effective processes and structures for continual growth and ongoing development. The transfer of knowledge and skills in managing change and resistance is a central theme in Fran’s approach. Her areas of professional expertise include leadership transformation, including Emotional Intelligence, group dynamics, and organizational renewal. Fran’s consulting approach frequently involves the strategic use of educational and development-oriented programs and practices, including executive coaching, action learning, and integrated organization development. Recent global clients have included Merck, Nike, Merrill Lynch, Unilever, SE Johnson, TAP Pharmaceuticals, and the United Nations.

Prior to co-founding Teleos Leadership Institute, Fran was the regional organizational effectiveness and management development practice leader and senior consultant with the Hay Group. Before joining Hay, she taught and worked at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was responsible for the design and implementation of custom executive education programs. She was also adjunct faculty in the Leadership Program of the Wharton School’s MBA program, as well as Instructor of Group and Social Process at Temple University and the Community College of Philadelphia. In addition, she is a long time network member of Elsie Y. Cross Associates, Inc., one of the premier diversity and organizational consulting firms in the country which works primarily with Fortune 100 companies. She is on the faculty of the Organization and Systems Development Program of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, where she teaches consultants and executives to facilitate complex systems change as emotionally intelligent leaders.

Fran received her PhD from Temple University in Adult and Organizational Development. She received her Masters in Sports Psychology from Temple University where she helped athletes integrate mind, body and emotion in pursuit of high performance and an integrated sense of self. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She is Associate Editor of the first-ever Encyclopedia of Women in Sport in America (1999). 

Executive Education Programs Taught

The Leadership Journey: Reimagine Your Leadership
Ensure your competence as a leader and examine the timeliness of your strategic vision. You will learn from the decision-making processes of great leaders and discuss challenges with a network of global peers.