Kirstin Ferguson

Helping modern leaders leave a positive legacy through leading with their head and heart.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2021. 


Shortlisted for the 2023 Thinkers50 Leadership Award. 


Shortlisted for the 2021 Thinkers50 Leadership Award. 


Leadership is simply a series of moments, and every moment gives us the opportunity to leave a positive legacy for those we lead. The concept of modern leadership is broader than simply thinking about our formal authority or positions of power. Modern leaders can lead with their head and their heart, and integrate the leader they are at home or in their community with their leadership at work. The art of modern leadership is knowing what balance of head and heart attributes are needed, and when. Visit for a free, personalised report of your head & heart leadership.


An Australian company director, leadership expert and sought after executive coach, Ferguson began her career as an Air Force Officer who went on to become qualified as a lawyer and also the CEO of a successful global business. She has Honours degrees in History and also Law as well as a PhD in Leadership and Culture.

Ferguson is also an Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School, a Sir Winston Churchill Fellow and was named as one of ‘Australia’s 100 Women of Influence’.
Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership was featured on the Thinkers50 Best New Management Booklist in 2023.



Author of Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership (2023), co-author of Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women (2018), regular columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, contributor to Australian Financial Review and The Age. Visit for more information.


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“Fearless champion of women supporting each other in the workplace.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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