Meet Sonia McDonald, Leadership speaker, author and coach

Sonia McDonald’s

unique mix of life

experience and knowledge

makes her a powerhouse

speaker and author

about leadership.

Sonia McDonald Profile

The Accidental Entrepreneur rocking the leadership world.

Who is Sonia?

Sonia calls herself “The Accidental Entrepreneur” because her journey to leadership was one that she never expected to take. She gave up her corporate career to follow her husband to China where he was posted. On finding herself left alone as a single mother in a foreign country, she rebuilt her life and started studying more about the concept of leadership.

After working for many years with a focus on high performance leadership, teams and organisational culture, Sonia wanted to understand the influence of the brain on the way we work. She went on to study the neuroscience of leadership.

Sonia’s story.

Sonia McDonald, CEO and founder of LeadershipHQ, is Australia’s leading leadership executive coach and advisor, thought leader, keynote speaker and author. Named as one of the Top 250 Influential Women across the Globe, Sonia is shaking up the world of leadership. She’s changing the way we view leadership and along the way, uncovering awesome leadership talent which had gone unrecognised. With over 25 years’ human resource management, leadership and organisational development experience, she has held senior leadership roles in diverse industries across the globe.

What gives Sonia her awesome ability to connect with her audience, whether as a speaker or a coach, is the breadth of her life experience.

Why work with Sonia?

Sonia is the perfect person to help emerging leaders discover what makes them rock, and assist organisations to tap into their greatest resource, positively and constructively.

She’s authentic and understanding. She’s easy to relate to, and above all, she’s an expert who shares her information in a simple and practical way

She has a natural ability to connect and easily get her message across.

If you or your leadership teams really want to rock, and maximise the talents and strengths you already have, Sonia will show you how.

More about Sonia.

Sonia writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. She has spoken at LeadX, The Diversity Debate and the Executive HR Leadership Summit, in addition to many other leadership conferences. She is also a valued consultant to industries within Australia and around the world.

Most people describe Sonia’s presentations as fun and dynamic. Combined with her obvious experience and expertise, Sonia is the perfect choice of speaker for your next event.

How You Can Work With Sonia.


– Bachelor of Business (HRM)
– Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership
– Certified in Prism Brain Mapping Assessment
– Certified Leadership Architect
– Certified in The Extraordinary Coach program

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