Dr Vicki Webster

Leadership Specialist
Executive Coach
Team Coach
Career Resilience Coach
Organisational Psychologist

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

John F. Kennedy


My personal purpose is to partner with leaders to foster mindfulness, wisdom, personal and professional growth, so you can practise leadership characterised by courage, clarity and consistency. I love to challenge the status quo, to co-create clarity, ‘ah ha’ moments that disrupt dysfunctional leadership mindsets and practices.

I can create a confidential, non-judgmental, safe place that supports you to be vulnerable when sharing your innermost thoughts and concerns, to enhance your self-awareness and self-management, even when you feel triggered and emotional. As an organisational psychologist, I bring a kitbag of solution focused and evidence-based tools that assist you to leverage your strengths and change mindsets and behaviours that no longer serve you well.

What I’m known for

Leaders I work with describe me as a sounding board, someone external to their organisation, who can be direct and willing to challenge their thoughts and beliefs when needed, without having any agenda other than to facilitate their growth and development.

Organisational clients appreciate my willingness to customise my leadership development initiatives to their organisational context and culture, taking into account any constraints or political factors that might be impacting on their managers. I balance current leadership research with the practical realities for managers leading in complex organisations, by providing evidence-based and practical strategies and tactics that have been shown to lead to better leadership outcomes, including increased engagement, discretionary effort, performance, productivity, resilience and wellbeing.


“I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences.”

Margaret J. Wheatley

Contact Details

Phone: 0409 867 103

Email: vicki@incisiveleaders.com.au

LinkedIn Profile: https://au.linkedin.com/in/VickiWebsterIncisiveLeaders

Qualifications & Professional Associations

Research PhD 2016

Bachelor of Arts (Hons I – Psychology)

Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML)

College of Organisational Psychologists (FCOP)

Interest Group of Coaching Psychologists

Australian Human Resources Institute (FCPHR)

Association for Coaching (MAC)


As the driving force behind Incisive Leaders, Vicki is an Organisational Psychologist with over twenty years consulting experience in leading teams to design and deliver evidence-based leadership and organisational development solutions that drive cultural change to increase manager and employee engagement and capability. Vicki consults to organisations across a range of industries, including healthcare, education, community services and government.

Vicki’s research PhD investigated leader derailment and follower resilience to toxic leadership. Her latest book with co-author, Professor Paula Brough, Destructive Leadership in the Workplace and its Consequences: Translating theory and research into evidence-based practice was released in January 2022.  She has published in Stress and Health journal, The Conversation:  Toxic Boss at WorkInPsychAssisting organisations to deal effectively with toxic leadership in the workplace and is a co-author of How to Get Ahead without Murdering Your Boss.  Six simple steps to actively manage your career.  

Vicki lectures in the Graduate Certificate for Leadership and Management, Department of Business, Strategy and Innovation, at Griffith Business School.  She has also lectured on organisational psychology topics for University of Queensland and Griffith University.  Vicki delivers supervision of registrars seeking endorsement as ‘Organisational Psychologist’ (Psychology Board of Australia).

Vicki’s specific areas of expertise include leadership assessment, leadership development, bright and dark side of leadership, organisational development, personal resiliency, and career resilience.


Keynote Presentations

Delivering engaging and interactive presentations on the latest topics within the subject area of the bright and dark side of leadership. Vicki presents at conferences, leader retreats, alumni events, organisational forums and membership organisations’ events.

Leader Development

Designing and delivering leader development programs (graduate certificate, masterclasses, development centres, coaching and mentoring, group coaching) to facilitate participants identifying their leadership style, strengths to leverage and development opportunities. These programs are customised for executives, senior and middle managers in public sector, private sector and not for profit organisations. Coaching is often provided to embed new leadership practices. Managers build their leadership capability, personal and career resilience to enhance performance in the achievement of their personal goals and the organisation’s strategic priorities.

Leadership Assessment

Profiling leaders using evidence-based assessment tools to ensure those selected fit the potential, performance and cultural requirements of the organisation. Profiling leaders for leadership development to identify strengths and development opportunities.

Organisational Development

Diagnosing wicked problems and then designing and co-delivering organisational development enterprise-wide interventions to improve leadership, culture, team dynamics, manager and employee engagement, performance, and productivity.

Personal and Career Resilience

Building and enhancing personal resiliency in leaders to ensure their performance is sustainable. Encouraging action to ensure future career resilience with strategies based on the SEEFAR model in How to Get Ahead without Murdering Your Boss. Six simple steps to actively manage your career.



Leading the delivery of emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.



Providing training programs for children to become future leaders and drive positive change in their communities.



Leading the fight for a greener, healthier world – no matter what forces stand in the way.