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Here on Sonia’s blog, she shares tips, tricks, and insights into the world of great, courageous and kind leadership. These resources will inspire and help you navigate the ever-evolving space of leadership, guiding you into a world of kind, courageous leaders.
I Failed as a Mother

I Failed as a Mother

*Please note that some of the content in this blog could be confronting. If this impacts you, please seek help…
Are You A Success Addict?

Are You A Success Addict?

I am vulnerable here and don’t know where to start. I have been listening to an audiobook called From Strength…
How Women Can Change the World

How Women Can Change the World

Women need to support other women. Full stop. Stop being a self-centered “you know what” and start celebrating and supporting…
What Are Your Greatest F*ck Ups?

What Are Your Greatest F*ck Ups?

I have greatly f*cked in my life. Haven’t we all? F*ck up’s can also be a fantastic opportunity for growth…
What's Love Got To Do With It?

What's Love Got To Do With It?

You are your greatest asset. It is about leadership and love when I think about my life, who I can…
Leadership & Menopause

Leadership & Menopause

I wasn’t prepared for this—menopause. Recently, I saw my doctor, and I have been feeling irritable and exhausted. I can’t…
The Good Girl Syndrome

The Good Girl Syndrome

This is me (well, this was, and maybe sometimes, it still is)! How about you? The Good Girl. I remember…
What does Courage and Humankind have to do with IWD?

What does Courage and Humankind have to do with IWD?

I can’t sleep. I haven’t slept for a few weeks since being asked to speak at several IWD events this…
How We Can Close The Gap

How We Can Close The Gap

This week, I delivered a women in leadership program, one of my favourites. Why? Having a group of outstanding women in…
Leadership Boundaries and the "No" Word

Leadership Boundaries and the "No" Word

I wonder if this relates to you? Are boundaries an issue? Do you dislike saying NO? I used to be…
What Courage Looks Like in 2024: Leadership's New Frontier

What Courage Looks Like in 2024: Leadership's New Frontier

As the old saying goes, ‘Fortune favours the brave.’ This idea is really important today, especially when we talk about…
Change the Game and Your Habits in 2024

Change the Game and Your Habits in 2024

I know without a doubt in 2024 I want different! Why? Your character is built from your habits and habits…
Where is Your Focus?

Where is Your Focus?

In the past year I have really given myself some space and time to think about what I want for…
Stop Being a Pushover

Stop Being a Pushover

The voice that often proves hardest to raise is your own. Standing up for yourself in a professional context where…
How to be a Woman Who Makes it Happen

How to be a Woman Who Makes it Happen

In today’s landscape, women are increasingly stepping into roles that drive change, inspire innovation, and motivate others. The women who…
Busyness versus Leadership

Busyness versus Leadership

You know what, I am SO over the word “busy” and it leads me to some very relevant questions: Are…
Courage to Overcome the Toxic Culture

Courage to Overcome the Toxic Culture

I recently had a mentor meeting with an emerging leader named Emma. Despite having only worked with her big marketing…
Kindness is a Superpower

Kindness is a Superpower

Why do we find Kindness so challenging when it is so easy. Are we so wrapped up in our own…
Power of Optimism for Leaders

Power of Optimism for Leaders

Optimism is a “must-have” for leaders because it shows commitment and a willingness to keep working towards a goal. Optimistic…
Reconnect with Your Leadership

Reconnect with Your Leadership

Spring is here, and it’s a time for new beginnings, symbolic opportunities and fresh approaches. It’s the perfect time to…
Why You Need to Have the Courage to be Kind to Yourself

Why You Need to Have the Courage to be Kind to Yourself

We only have one life and we are more amazing than we give ourselves credit for. Why are we not…
Bravery VS Courage: 6 Types Of Courage To Know

Bravery VS Courage: 6 Types Of Courage To Know

Leadership is about the courage to inspire others to be more, do more, learn more and dream more. Leadership is…
Standing on the Edge of the Great Glass Cliff

Standing on the Edge of the Great Glass Cliff

When I was forging my career in the 1990s, I often heard the term glass ceiling used to describe the unfortunate phenomena…
How to Practise Self-Kindness and Love Yourself For Real

How to Practise Self-Kindness and Love Yourself For Real

Is time passing by quickly? How do you spend your time? Is your time spent with self-kindness and love or…
Women Aren't Investing In Their Development And It Is Hurting Them

Women Aren't Investing In Their Development And It Is Hurting Them

As an executive coach, keynote speaker, and leadership crusader, I deliver scores of leadership workshops, keynotes, and coaching each year, helping women…
Our Matildas show leadership on the pitch

Our Matildas show leadership on the pitch

It has been nothing short of remarkable to see the Matildas, our national women’s soccer team, participate in the FIFA…
How to Engage and Motivate Your Team - Must Read

How to Engage and Motivate Your Team - Must Read

10 Ways To Engage Your Team And (More Importantly) Keep Them Engaged! “My Model For Business Is The Beatles. They…
Here Are 6 Ways To Start Your Week Off Brilliantly

Here Are 6 Ways To Start Your Week Off Brilliantly

Do you struggle with Monday’s? Are you thinking about and/or planning for your week ahead? If you are like more…
12 Rules of Courage

12 Rules of Courage

I think we have a Courageous Leadership problem. I recently an article Demystifying Courageous Leadership where it talks about how we live…
Leading with Confidence: Overcoming Anxiety as a Successful Woman in Leadership

Leading with Confidence: Overcoming Anxiety as a Successful Woman in Leadership

Are you a successful woman in leadership struggling with anxiety? You’re not alone.   Anxiety is a pervasive issue in the…
Elements and Tips for Hope-Centred Leadership

Elements and Tips for Hope-Centred Leadership

Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or…
URGENT - ROLE MODELS NEEDED

URGENT - ROLE MODELS NEEDED

This has to be important to you too? Are you feeling the same as me and many others about the…
Women, Courage and Leadership

Women, Courage and Leadership

Hear me roar! Imagine this data – there are more women in CEO roles called Julie, Karen and Michelle than…
Improving Health & Happiness Through Connected Relationships

Improving Health & Happiness Through Connected Relationships

Improving Health & Happiness Through Connected Relationships If you are like many people who get “busy” with life, do you…
1-2-3: Courage, how to courage and inspire courage

1-2-3: Courage, how to courage and inspire courage

Here are 1 question, 2 quotes and 3 insights from me. 1 Question For You What would my life look…
How To Deal With A Toxic Female Co-Worker (And Stop Mean Girl Behaviour) - Sonia McDonald

How To Deal With A Toxic Female Co-Worker (And Stop Mean Girl Behaviour) - Sonia McDonald

Last week I delivered a free Women in Leadership Masterclass to 200 women across the globe and asked the question…
51 Life Lessons from a 51 Year Old Woman

51 Life Lessons from a 51 Year Old Woman

This year I turned 51 (ARGH!) and I remember being 21 like yesterday (note to self invest in great eye…
Navigating Fear: Sonia McDonald's Guide to Courageous Living with the Emotion Wheel

Navigating Fear: Sonia McDonald's Guide to Courageous Living with the Emotion Wheel

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Like you can’t seem to shake the feeling of fear…
The 10 Habits of Courageous Women - Sonia McDonald

The 10 Habits of Courageous Women - Sonia McDonald

What does it mean to be courageous? For many people, the first thing that comes to mind is someone who…
FIND YOUR VOICE (SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS)

FIND YOUR VOICE (SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS)

I was pumped. 300 people were about to enter this amazing event where I was the keynote speaker. Nerves. Excitement.…
Imposter Syndrome Is On The Rise - Sonia McDonald

Imposter Syndrome Is On The Rise - Sonia McDonald

The Great Resignation Trend Is Coming To An End, But Imposter Syndrome Is On The Rise – Atlassian While the…
The Difference Between Stress and Burnout (And How to Avoid Burnout)

The Difference Between Stress and Burnout (And How to Avoid Burnout)

I am burnt out I hear you saying!!! I am hearing loud and clear…. We all know what stress feels…
Why Women Entering Male-Dominated Jobs Can Erase Sexism And Fix Labour Shortages

Why Women Entering Male-Dominated Jobs Can Erase Sexism And Fix Labour Shortages

There’s no doubt that Australia is currently facing a labour shortage. And while some people argue that we need to…
Breaking Down Bias: A Candid Look at Women's Challenges in Leadership

Breaking Down Bias: A Candid Look at Women's Challenges in Leadership

The Reality of Being a Woman in Business and Leadership: How Bias Still Exists A famous saying goes, “Behind every…
Bravery VS Courage: 6 Types Of Courage and How To Be More Courageous

Bravery VS Courage: 6 Types Of Courage and How To Be More Courageous

My goal is for women to have more courage in leadership roles and their private lives. Have you ever wanted…
Have the Courage to be Kind to Yourself

Have the Courage to be Kind to Yourself

This is one thing I would say to my younger self and I say everyday to my daughter. Be kinder…
7 Essential Leadership Skills For Women To Become Courageous Leaders

7 Essential Leadership Skills For Women To Become Courageous Leaders

I want women around the world to have the courage to step in, stand up, start up and lead! Let’s…
Have You Ever Felt Fear? My Everyday Acts of Courage

Have You Ever Felt Fear? My Everyday Acts of Courage

Have you ever felt fear? Many leaders pretend they are incredibly controlled, resilient and confident. The perceived ideal image is for them to show…
Traits Of The Confident And Great Female Leader

Traits Of The Confident And Great Female Leader

The courage to believe in ourselves really matters to me. I am not confident 24/7 (still a little of that…
How To Calm Those Public Speaking Nerves

How To Calm Those Public Speaking Nerves

Does the very idea of speaking in front of an audience or a group of people leave you quaking in…
Importance of Kindness at Work

Importance of Kindness at Work

When you think of traditional office culture, there are many things that are given importance above being kind. In fact,…
Fear Mastery and Worksheet

Fear Mastery and Worksheet

At some point in our lives, we will feel and come face-to-face with fear. There’s no running and hiding from…
You’ve Got Courage, Yes You Do!

You’ve Got Courage, Yes You Do!

You’ve Got Courage, Yes You Do! Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it is the mastery of it (thanks Mark…
How to Harness the Power of Being a Great Coach

How to Harness the Power of Being a Great Coach

How to Harness the Power of Being a Great Coach The definition of ‘a coach’ or ‘a leader’ is never…
My Greatest Achievement

My Greatest Achievement

I felt like the worst mother on the planet. It seemed like my world had become this tornado of crazy…
How to Harness the Mighty Power of Self Affirmations

How to Harness the Mighty Power of Self Affirmations

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] When we talk about self-affirmations, there will always be people who agree that self-affirmations really do work and those…
Mother’s Day – Courageous Women Are Our World

Mother’s Day – Courageous Women Are Our World

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colours…
Have the Courage to Value and be Kind to Yourself

Have the Courage to Value and be Kind to Yourself

“There is no-one like you. That is your Superpower.” @Thrive Valuing those around you – appreciating the things they do…
Today is for my Daughter and Yours

Today is for my Daughter and Yours

Today is for my Daughter and Yours Today I am representing the generations of women and girls today and tomorrow…
12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 7: Celebrate wins, even if they aren’t your own

12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 7: Celebrate wins, even if they aren’t your own

12 Rules of Kindness – Rule 7: Celebrate wins, even if they aren’t your own When I look at leadership…
12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 6: Encourage others to succeed

12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 6: Encourage others to succeed

Rule 6: Encourage others to succeed Encouraging others to succeed is provided through coaching and coaching happens every day in…
“First Comes Courage” Shines Spotlight on the Power of Leading with Courage

“First Comes Courage” Shines Spotlight on the Power of Leading with Courage

“First Comes Courage” Shines Spotlight on the Power of Leading with Courage Cutting edge entrepreneur, CEO and author Sonia McDonald…
Zoom, I Think We Might Need To Break Up

Zoom, I Think We Might Need To Break Up

Zoom, I Think We Might Need To Break Up Zoom I don’t know how to tell you this so I…
12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 5 - Manners

12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 5 - Manners

Rule 5: Manners cost nothing but mean everything Having good manners means acting in a manner that is socially acceptable and…
12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 4 - Treating Others

12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 4 - Treating Others

Rule 4: Treat others the way you would like to be treated It’s a shame that we still see people…
12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 3 - One Kind Thing

12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 3 - One Kind Thing

Rule 3: Do at least one kind thing for yourself or someone else each day Here is a great statement…
12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 2 - Act Selflessly

12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 2 - Act Selflessly

Rule 2: Act selflessly, not selfishly Guess what leaders, and everyone else for that matter: all eyes are on you!…
12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 1 - Shoes

12 Rules of Kindness - Rule 1 - Shoes

Rule 1: Shoes Don’t we all have those rough days at work for ourselves and in dealing with others? It’s…
Pressing The Reset Button

Pressing The Reset Button

It is time to reset the way we work and lead in 2022 Sometimes when life gets you down or…
The ROI of Kindness

The ROI of Kindness

The ROI of Kindness Return on Investment (ROI) is an interesting term. In the normal business setting, it is a…
Why Kindness is Needed Now

Why Kindness is Needed Now

Why the world needs your kindness Seriously, you might be thinking why we need to think about kindness and the…
Creating Kind and Kinder Leaders

Creating Kind and Kinder Leaders

Creating Kind and Kinder Leaders There is strength in kindness and leading with kindness should be the way of life…
COURAGE TO STUFF UP

COURAGE TO STUFF UP

COURAGE TO STUFF UP “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”― Albert Einstein Have you ever…
Heartbreaking Guilt And Why I Am So Anti-Bullying

Heartbreaking Guilt And Why I Am So Anti-Bullying

*please note some of the content in this blog could be confronting and please seek help if this impacts you…
Sitting Under The Beautiful Wisdom Tree

Sitting Under The Beautiful Wisdom Tree

I was crying and as the tears gathered down my cheeks they felt warm. I was sitting under my favourite…
Leadership Starts Young

Leadership Starts Young

I recently spoke at the Meridian State College to student leaders about leadership. I highlighted that leadership is an attitude…
Leadership: Why We Love Play-Doh

Leadership: Why We Love Play-Doh

Have you ever had a great business idea and you either didn’t start it or, went ahead and it failed?…
The Leadership Injection is needed NOW.

The Leadership Injection is needed NOW.

The Leadership Injection is needed NOW. What is your vision for your future? Do you refine this very often? Are…
LEADERSHIP VALUE HIRING

LEADERSHIP VALUE HIRING

LEADERSHIP VALUE HIRING Have you ever been at the receiving end of bad hiring, either for yourself, someone who joined…
Leadership Skills: Top 10 Skills Needed for 2021

Leadership Skills: Top 10 Skills Needed for 2021

Leadership Skills: Top 10 Skills Needed for 2021 When was the last time you completed a skills check for yourself?…
15 Things Every Successful & Courageous Keynote Speaker Has In Common

15 Things Every Successful & Courageous Keynote Speaker Has In Common

I’m regularly speaking and working with successful Keynote speaker across the globe especially about courage and leadership. Since 2007, I’ve…
Keynote Speaker: 5 Questions to ask Yourself for 2021

Keynote Speaker: 5 Questions to ask Yourself for 2021

My daughter says to me that today is a powerful Astrological day to set your intentions and I must tell…
Leadership routine brief explanation

Leadership routine brief explanation

Is Leadership a routine? What leadership routine do you have as a leader? Do think about your regular routines, or,…
Leadership Assessment time to Assess

Leadership Assessment time to Assess

How would you assess yourself as a leader? Have you completed a leadership assessment? How do you compare to a…
Leadership in Succession

Leadership in Succession

Leadership in Succession Do you ever have time to consider your leadership future with the pace of change, the increased…
Research shows significant gaps in Australian leadership and management

Research shows significant gaps in Australian leadership and management

Do you notice managers using the same approach, day in, day out, year in, year out? This will last for…
Why Leadership Change Matters and Research to back this!

Why Leadership Change Matters and Research to back this!

Why Leadership Change Matters and Research to back this! One of my favourite songs by Black Eyes Peas is GET…
Why Leadership Change NOWDAYS

Why Leadership Change NOWDAYS

Why Leadership Must Change NOW This is NOT a dress rehearsal. We are all at a Cross Road, with the…
What was one Big Skill Gap for Leaders in 2020?

What was one Big Skill Gap for Leaders in 2020?

What was one Big Skill Gap for Leaders in 2020? Communication. Is this a gap for Leaders today? We think…
Zoom to a dedicated focus on Lead

Zoom to a dedicated focus on Lead

Zoom in, Zoom out, Connect, Disconnect…….I’m over remote working and training! First option, swipe out! Outcome: career limiting! Second option:…
Are you at a Career Crossroads?

Are you at a Career Crossroads?

Are you at a Career Crossroads? What went through your mind when first choosing a career? And, where are you…
Leadership: 5 Things Parenthood Taught Me About

Leadership: 5 Things Parenthood Taught Me About

No one is ever really 100% prepared for parenthood especially during COVID. You can read hundreds of books and talk…
You are leading a difficult team remotely.

You are leading a difficult team remotely.

Here’s the good news! You’ve just been promoted to a manager role. Congratulations! Now here’s the not so good news.…
Best leaders: What Drives You?

Best leaders: What Drives You?

Who is freakin exhausted? I know many of us are feeling a little shattered by 2020 (I am!) and I…
Does Kindness leadership go hand in hand?

Does Kindness leadership go hand in hand?

Did you know Kindness and Leadership can be taught? When we partner and work with Executive, Middle Managers and Emerging…
How to have Courageous Conversations

How to have Courageous Conversations

How to have Courageous Conversations How to have Courageous Conversations. Difficult people do exist at work.  Difficult people come in…
Great Leadership Teams: The Power of Effective Collaboration

Great Leadership Teams: The Power of Effective Collaboration

How would you cope as an astronaut in space when you are on the way to the moon and a…
Great Leaders and Their Communication Skills

Great Leaders and Their Communication Skills

Mastering Leadership Through Communication Does this sound familiar? You receive a text message: HOW R U? Your response out of…
Take Charge in Shaping the Future of Work

Take Charge in Shaping the Future of Work

Become a Leader for the Future of Work At this point in time, we are facing huge issues globally – a…
Spotlight on 2021 Partnering Outstanding Leadership Awards

Spotlight on 2021 Partnering Outstanding Leadership Awards

Celebrate 2021’s Partnering Outstanding Leadership Awards What an incredible evening on Friday 16th October 2020 with over 200 leaders at…
Empathetic Leaders Needed To Shape the Future Today

Empathetic Leaders Needed To Shape the Future Today

Why Empathetic Leaders Are Essential Today It’s been rough at work, your workmate is struggling, they have financial pressures, less…
Transformative Approaches to Rebuilding Remote Culture

Transformative Approaches to Rebuilding Remote Culture

R-e-b-u-i-l-d-i-n-g a Culture Remotely As a remote team member, when was the last time your manager did a culture check-in?…
The 3 Bs? A Journey from Blind Spots to Business Triumph

The 3 Bs? A Journey from Blind Spots to Business Triumph

The 3 Bs Unveiled: Blind Spots, Behaviour, Business Mastery The 3Bs? You may be wondering, however now that I have…
WANTED: LEADERS for a CHANGE in Global Dynamics!

WANTED: LEADERS for a CHANGE in Global Dynamics!

Leaders for a Change: Throughout time, individuals have created change in significant ways, for example Mahatma Gandhi, a leader who…
Rising Strong: Courage under Being Fired Journey

Rising Strong: Courage under Being Fired Journey

I was fired once. At the time everyone around me were a lot more worried and shocked than I was.…
Adapt, Lead and Connect with your Team for Success

Adapt, Lead and Connect with your Team for Success

Is your team flying in formation, or heading in unknown directions? Today’s rapidly changing business environment creates high expectations on…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly A well-remembered phrase! Now, can you separate the good from the ugly in…
Leading Through Team Struggle: Spotting & Managing Signs

Leading Through Team Struggle: Spotting & Managing Signs

Insights: Managing Signs of “Struggle” in Teams It’s R U OK Day. A day we are truly passionate about. People…
Navigating Crises: Identifying The No. 1 Leader Mistake

Navigating Crises: Identifying The No. 1 Leader Mistake

Insights to the No. 1 Mistake Leaders Make in a Crisis I’m sure you have had to deal with a…
Horrible Bosses: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

Horrible Bosses: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

Intolerable bosses grind us down and even though you may devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid yourself…
Is the Human Element the Missing Link in Business Success?

Is the Human Element the Missing Link in Business Success?

Are you putting profit over people? Have you noticed your business performance business slipping? Even though the latest technology is…
Turning Failure into Triumph: The Bounce Forward Way

Turning Failure into Triumph: The Bounce Forward Way

I freakin fail all the time; I mean bounce forward! Language is very important! Take a moment and reflect on…
LeadershipHQ's Rise: From Pandemic Mistake to Innovation

LeadershipHQ's Rise: From Pandemic Mistake to Innovation

From Pandemic Errors to LeadershipHQ’s Triumph In a year of uncertainty and devastation, leaders from all walks of life are…
Conquering Challenges: Dealing with The Jerk at Work

Conquering Challenges: Dealing with The Jerk at Work

It was early in my human resources career and I was so excited to land a dream role. That dream…
Engagement or Intimidation: Is it Safer to be Feared or Loved?

Engagement or Intimidation: Is it Safer to be Feared or Loved?

Is it Safer to be Feared or Loved? Have you noticed disconnection within your team and workplace? This becomes evident…
Talent Wins Games, but Teamwork and Intelligence Win Championships.

Talent Wins Games, but Teamwork and Intelligence Win Championships.

How engaged and motivated is your team? Do you understand their personality types, what drives them and how they operate…
Unveiling The Value of Kindness in Dealing with Narcissists

Unveiling The Value of Kindness in Dealing with Narcissists

The Transformational Power of Kindness What value do you place on kindness? In some workplaces, it can be considered a…
Strategies To Confront and Conquer Goal Shame

Strategies To Confront and Conquer Goal Shame

Have you achieved your Goals? Just sit with this statement for a moment and see what comes up! Possible thoughts…
What working from home can teach us about Leadership?

What working from home can teach us about Leadership?

Remote working is a challenge for leadership! As a leader of a remote team, how did you respond in a…
Avoid the Top Crisis Leadership Mistake

Avoid the Top Crisis Leadership Mistake

Leading in Crisis: Steer Clear of This Key Error I’m sure you have had to deal with a crisis at…
Communication Secrets That Foster Trust and Teamwork

Communication Secrets That Foster Trust and Teamwork

Remote team working is here to stay! And, a number of challenges exist in remote team management such as interruption…
The Coach Connection: Why Everyone Should Have a Coach

The Coach Connection: Why Everyone Should Have a Coach

Unlock Your Potential: The Coach’s Secret By far the best investment in my career and business were my coaches. Why?…
Conquer Imposter Syndrome and Stop Faking It

Conquer Imposter Syndrome and Stop Faking It

“People think that successful people don’t feel like frauds. The opposite is more likely to be true.” —MIKE CANNON-BROOKES, CEO…
Rule #1 Leadership isn't Easy

Rule #1 Leadership isn't Easy

Rule #1 Leadership isn’t Easy Being a leader is so much harder than it looks. It’s not easy however it’s…
The Appreciation Factor: What Great Bosses Do

The Appreciation Factor: What Great Bosses Do

How Great Bosses Show Appreciation Last week I posted an article around Horrible Bosses, “People don’t leave bad jobs. They…
Being a Great Leader While Enjoying a Fulfilling Life

Being a Great Leader While Enjoying a Fulfilling Life

Strategies on Being a Great Leader and Living Your Best Life My daughter wakes me up at midnight last night…
Insights on To Set Yourself up for a New Perspective

Insights on To Set Yourself up for a New Perspective

‘Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.’…
Great Checklist for the Managers of Remote Workers

Great Checklist for the Managers of Remote Workers

Great Checklist for the Managers of Remote Workers Remote working (such as working from home) was already becoming a welcome…
Free Leadership Resources & Courses

Free Leadership Resources & Courses

LET’S BE COURAGEOUS TOGETHER. *puppy isn’t free as I thought such a cute photo… We are committed to inspiring, supporting…
Weekly Insights on Building Kinder and Braver Leadership

Weekly Insights on Building Kinder and Braver Leadership

Weekly Leadership Insights Is it now week 4 of our new norm? This week I finally got myself into some…
Self-Isolation Checklist: Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy

Self-Isolation Checklist: Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy

Checklist To Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy During Lockdown A checklist to keep you mentally and physically fit during…
Powerful Ways To Begin Your Week and Drive Significant Results

Powerful Ways To Begin Your Week and Drive Significant Results

Here Are 6 Ways to Start Your Week Off Brilliantly As a leadership coach, one of the main things I…
Bushfires’ Acts of Kindness and Challenge of Coronavirus Greed

Bushfires’ Acts of Kindness and Challenge of Coronavirus Greed

From Bushfires Generosity to Coronavirus Greed Why Kind and Courageous Leadership is Critical Now is the time to show leadership…
McDonald Inc. Launches The Huddle: Transforming Leadership

McDonald Inc. Launches The Huddle: Transforming Leadership

We need Kind and Courageous Leadership more today than ever. Many of you might not see yourself as a leader.…
Tips for Employees When Manager Can’t Lead Remotely

Tips for Employees When Manager Can’t Lead Remotely

What do we do if we are being lead by someone who can’t lead remotely or virtually effectively? They say…
Stop Being Selfish: Choose Unity Over Self

Stop Being Selfish: Choose Unity Over Self

Guess what Leaders (and everyone for that matter) – all eyes are on you. Everyone is watching your words, actions…
How Not to Lose Your Sh*t: Strategies to Stay Calm

How Not to Lose Your Sh*t: Strategies to Stay Calm

I don’t know about you but I think we are losing our sh*t at present. I think an essential (but…
Have We Lost Our Ability to Be Courageous and Kind?

Have We Lost Our Ability to Be Courageous and Kind?

Last week I posted a story around experience I had at my local Coles and the lack of leadership and…
Effective Online Leadership and Learning To Ensure Growth

Effective Online Leadership and Learning To Ensure Growth

We do have YOU covered (not with toilet paper mind you!) with our Online Leadership and Learning programs and coaching!…
Leadership Test and Triumph Needed To Thrive

Leadership Test and Triumph Needed To Thrive

This week my leadership was absolutely tested. We were getting caught up in the panic around what is happening around…
12 Rules of Courage for Success That Drive Growth

12 Rules of Courage for Success That Drive Growth

I think we have a Courageous Leadership problem. I recently an article Demystifying Courageous Leadership where it talks about how we live…
12 Rules of Kindness

12 Rules of Kindness

Kindness is not a weakness, it is a superpower! You can be strong as a Leader and always be kind.…
5 Things Great Bosses Do Differently to Get the Best From Their People

5 Things Great Bosses Do Differently to Get the Best From Their People

Last week I delivered a leadership workshop with 30 leaders. Probably a little larger than I would normally work with…
Tips on Literally Showing Kindness at Work (Or Anywhere)

Tips on Literally Showing Kindness at Work (Or Anywhere)

“BE KIND WHENEVER POSSIBLE. IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE” Dalai Lama Why do we find Kindness so challenging when it is…
Courage and Kindness Movement To Make a Lasting Impact

Courage and Kindness Movement To Make a Lasting Impact

Can we make a difference by being kind and courageous. We know we can and there is research behind this.…
Leading Our Children with Kindness and Courage

Leading Our Children with Kindness and Courage

How to be a great leader for yourself and your family You might be wondering what being a parent has…
Learn From the World’s Youngest Prime Minister

Learn From the World’s Youngest Prime Minister

*image credit Wikimedia Commons We follow Leadership in politics across the globe and we love that Sanna Marin is not…
Would You Trust a Robot Over Your Manager?

Would You Trust a Robot Over Your Manager?

64% per cent say yes, according to a new study Oracle and Future Workplace’s recent study shows that AI (artificial…
Strategies for Dealing with Workplace Jerks

Strategies for Dealing with Workplace Jerks

Have you worked with a Jerk? I have! They are real. They are out there. We have worked with them,…
Prioritizing Leadership Development Amidst Busy Schedules

Prioritizing Leadership Development Amidst Busy Schedules

How do we make time to learn leadership when we are too busy? The fact of the matter is that…
Courageous Strategies To Handle a Bad Boss

Courageous Strategies To Handle a Bad Boss

We have all worked with that bad boss! Not every boss is a good boss, as just about everyone has…
Top Successful Ways for Leadership Through Crisis

Top Successful Ways for Leadership Through Crisis

When faced when a crisis – how do you lead? My mantra during this time is “Crisis can lead to…
Adopting Kindness Lead To a Remarkable 2020

Adopting Kindness Lead To a Remarkable 2020

Why Adopting Kindness Is Your Ultimate Secret Weapon Did you know Kindness will your secret weapon in 2020? If you’ve…
How Kindness and Courage Transform Corporate Australia

How Kindness and Courage Transform Corporate Australia

Global consulting firm Korn Ferry released a research report with some interesting findings about corporate leadership in Australia. The research…
The Impact of Missing Kindness on Leadership

The Impact of Missing Kindness on Leadership

By Sonia McDonald, Keynote Speaker, Author of Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It!, and CEO & founder of McDonald Inc.…
Kindness at Work To Revolutionize Your Work Environment

Kindness at Work To Revolutionize Your Work Environment

By Sonia McDonald CEO & founder LeadershipHQ & McDonald Inc., Author and Keynote Speaker. When you think of traditional office…
Celebrating Kind and Courageous Leadership

Celebrating Kind and Courageous Leadership

When I look at leadership today, it concerns me. It concerns my team, my daughter, my peers and those I…
Cultivating Kind Courageous Leadership for Leaders

Cultivating Kind Courageous Leadership for Leaders

People often asked me why I am on a mission to build more Kind, Courageous and Inclusive Leaders and Organisations.…
Leadership Actions that Make a Big Impact

Leadership Actions that Make a Big Impact

As leaders, it’s not just your words that affect those around you. You have to walk the walk, as the…
What I’d Tell My Younger Self about Leadership

What I’d Tell My Younger Self about Leadership

What I’d Tell My Younger Self about Leadership What would you say to your younger self about Leadership? Becoming a…
Are you a Taker or Giver?

Are you a Taker or Giver?

Are you a taker or giver? brisbane, sydney, melbourne leadership programs workshops
Do You Know What Leadership Legacy You Want to Leave Behind?

Do You Know What Leadership Legacy You Want to Leave Behind?

The first step to answering that question is knowing what exactly a legacy is, and how you can leave one…
Why Your Organisation in Brisbane Needs a Leadership Program

Why Your Organisation in Brisbane Needs a Leadership Program

Sonia Offers Best Leadership Program in Brisbane, Singapore, Perth, Adelaide, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne.
Empathy is What Kills Shame

Empathy is What Kills Shame

When we are feeling shame, we often internalise it and keep the feeling to ourselves. Sharing deep feelings is being…
Why I am over Busy.

Why I am over Busy.

I am SO over the word “busy”. Are we too busy to be kind? Are we too busy to be…
9 Attributes of Courageous Leaders

9 Attributes of Courageous Leaders

When you look at the state of the world today, you will see a lot of fear, judgement and negativity.…
7 Forms of Courage Emerging Leaders Need

7 Forms of Courage Emerging Leaders Need

Taking the next step from team member to an effective leader isn’t easy. Leaders have much more to shoulder than…
How to Shift From a Culture of Blame to One of Accountability

How to Shift From a Culture of Blame to One of Accountability

When a workplace culture is one of blaming rather than taking responsibility, it affects everyone. Employee loyalty becomes practically nonexistent,…
Courage in Leadership: Being Scared Yet Saddling Up Anyway

Courage in Leadership: Being Scared Yet Saddling Up Anyway

Excerpt from my book Leadership Attitude I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over…
Courage Isn't Innate - It Can Be Taught. Master These 4 Skills to Build Your Bravery

Courage Isn't Innate - It Can Be Taught. Master These 4 Skills to Build Your Bravery

Leadership isn’t easy; it’s much easier to read or talk about than it is to actually do. This is why…
Get Your Brave On With These 20 Quotes - Sonia McDonald

Get Your Brave On With These 20 Quotes - Sonia McDonald

You may have noticed by now that I’m all about being courageous, whether it’s in your leadership, career or other…
"Unclear is Unkind. Clear is Kind." Why the Brave Path is the Kindest.

"Unclear is Unkind. Clear is Kind." Why the Brave Path is the Kindest.

Telling a little white lie here and there in a friendship isn’t necessarily a bad thing – after all, we…
7 Laws of Kindness: Leading With Compassion

7 Laws of Kindness: Leading With Compassion

My mantra is to always be a Brave and Kind Leader and empower brave and kind leaders around me and…
15 Everyday Acts of Courage: Real-Life Examples of Bravery

15 Everyday Acts of Courage: Real-Life Examples of Bravery

15 Everyday Acts of Courage There are so many different types and ways to be courageous. My favourite story is…
7 Ways to be a Great Leader

7 Ways to be a Great Leader

It seems that just about anyone can be given the title of ‘leader’ these days, doesn’t it? But you know…
9 Tips for Feeling Less Overwhelmed and Exhausted

9 Tips for Feeling Less Overwhelmed and Exhausted

9 Tips for Feeling Less Overwhelmed and Exhausted It’s that time of year. My clients are feeling it, my team…
7 Laws for Improving Your Quality of Life

7 Laws for Improving Your Quality of Life

The standards you set for yourself are what make up your quality of life. Your expectations of responsibility, love, personal…
These 5 Questions will truly help your Personal Growth

These 5 Questions will truly help your Personal Growth

Self-reflection is key to personal growth. You won’t ever improve or reach your goals if you don’t look at yourself…
The 10 Things All Top CEO's Do

The 10 Things All Top CEO's Do

One of my favourite sayings (as you’ve probably noticed) is ‘Leadership is an Attitude, not a Title’. This rings true…
7 Laws of Self Esteem

7 Laws of Self Esteem

This 7 Laws blog is a little different to my previous ones; I’m going to be focusing on YOU and…
It’s the Courageous Leader that will build the Strongest Teams

It’s the Courageous Leader that will build the Strongest Teams

Courageous Leader is a role that many may take on but have not been armed with the proper tools and…
7 Ways To Coach Others

7 Ways To Coach Others

Coaching in the workplace happens every day; there are many coach leadership opportunities during the daily interaction between leaders and…
Courage is Valuing Yourself

Courage is Valuing Yourself

Valuing those around you – appreciating the things they do for you, the things they say, who they are as…
7 Courageous Conversations You Might Need to Have

7 Courageous Conversations You Might Need to Have

Following on from my 7 Laws of Courageous Leadership and Courageous Conversations Make You a Better Leader blogs, I decided to delve deeper into Courageous…
Why Learning is Critical to Great Leadership

Why Learning is Critical to Great Leadership

As a leader, you are who people in your organization look to for guidance, and this means you’re also a big influence…
Courageous Conversations Makes You a Better Leader

Courageous Conversations Makes You a Better Leader

Why improving leadership communication skills for maximum impact during difficult conversations makes you a better a leader. You’ve probably heard…
Courageous Leadership Course and Program

Courageous Leadership Course and Program

I am on a mission to build a world of courageous leaders and leadership (remember Leadership is an Attitude and…
Courage to Love My Daughter

Courage to Love My Daughter

Have you ever encountered bullying? Do you know what it feels like to have severe anxiety and depression due to…
Thoughts on Bill Shorten's Speech and his Leadership?

Thoughts on Bill Shorten's Speech and his Leadership?

While facing any loss isn’t pleasant, when you’re a courageous leader you have to remember that how you react is…
7 Laws of Productivity

7 Laws of Productivity

My 7 Laws blogs have become pretty popular, so I’ve written another one on my 7 Laws of Productivity. This…
Let's Squash Tall Poppy Syndrome

Let's Squash Tall Poppy Syndrome

Tall Poppy Syndrome is what we call it when a person becomes successful and that success is visible to others,…
7 Laws of Courage

7 Laws of Courage

You know I talk about courage a lot, and with good reason – courage is what helps us take those…
7 Ways to Coach Others

7 Ways to Coach Others

Coaching in the workplace happens every day; there are many coaching opportunities during the daily interaction between leaders and their…
5 Things Motherhood Taught Me About Leadership

5 Things Motherhood Taught Me About Leadership

No one is ever really 100% prepared for motherhood. You can read hundreds of books and talk to all the…
3 Ways that Kindness Makes You a Better Leader

3 Ways that Kindness Makes You a Better Leader

It’s a shame that we still see people regarding kindness as weakness, whether at work or in life. The old…
7 Ways to Overcome Fear

7 Ways to Overcome Fear

7 Ways to Overcome Fear Feeling fear is a natural part of life; you will encounter many situations that make…
You don’t have to be a "Leader" to have a Coach

You don’t have to be a "Leader" to have a Coach

Asking for a Coach is truly courageous. Yesterday I was speaking with someone who said they had wanted to reach…
7 Laws of Courageous Leadership

7 Laws of Courageous Leadership

Following on from my popular 7 Laws of Leadership blog, I’ve put together these 7 Laws of Courageous Leadership to…
Neuroscience of Fear - Tips to Overcome Fear

Neuroscience of Fear - Tips to Overcome Fear

Have you ever felt fear? Many leaders pretend they are incredibly controlled, resilient and confident. The perceived ideal image is for…
Not Having It All; Is Having It All!

Not Having It All; Is Having It All!

My daughter comes home from Movie World with a gift for me. Now I love gifts and this one took…
The New Kindness of Leadership

The New Kindness of Leadership

“The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever…
Having a Life While Still Being a Great Leader

Having a Life While Still Being a Great Leader

It’s illustrated constantly in media and everyday life: the worker who gets ahead and rises to the top is the…
My Top 50 Quotes for Inspiration and Motivation

My Top 50 Quotes for Inspiration and Motivation

I am on a mission in 2019 is to create and build brave, courageous, compassionate and kind leaders and leadership.…
6 Tips for Starting 2019 with a Great Mindset

6 Tips for Starting 2019 with a Great Mindset

Are you ready to rock 2019? If your answer was anything other than a very enthusiastic ‘Yes!’, then you need…
A Courageous Act

A Courageous Act

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel People often say to me; I…
My Wish for 2019

My Wish for 2019

My wish for 2019 for the leaders (remember leadership is an Attitude, Mindset, and Action) of the world – let’s…
Millennial Leadership Style

Millennial Leadership Style

As each generation takes up the reigns of senior leadership, they bring with them their own lessons and sensitivities concerning…
10 Traits of the Confident Female Leader

10 Traits of the Confident Female Leader

10 Traits of the Confident Female Leader We all know confident women, confident female leader. They light up a room…
10 Tips for being a Confident Leader

10 Tips for being a Confident Leader

Being a confident leader can take a lot of courage and putting yourself out there. You’re not only expected to…
100 Years Away from Gender Equality in the C-Suite

100 Years Away from Gender Equality in the C-Suite

Various studies have long shown that women are underrepresented in top leadership roles in business, academia, government and NFP organizations…
You Need to Read This

You Need to Read This

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.” ―  Brene Brown, Have you ever felt overwhelmed or you have lost that…
10 Ways to Engage Your Team and (more importantly) keep them engaged!

10 Ways to Engage Your Team and (more importantly) keep them engaged!

10 Ways to Engage Your Team and (more importantly) keep them engaged! “My model for business is The Beatles. They…
5 Signs You’re a Brave Leader

5 Signs You’re a Brave Leader

The leaders who get the best results and achieve their goals are brave, even when times are tough. But bravery…
Are You Feeling Fake?

Are You Feeling Fake?

True story. I was sitting in front of a couple who owned a Leadership consulting company being interviewed for a…
Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too.

Deep breath. Ever heard of the plumber who can’t fix his or her own pipes. That’s me! I coach in…
Focus on what makes you rock

Focus on what makes you rock

(every freakin’ minute, every day) Self-confidence is your best outfit: rock it and own it Only YOU matter. Focus on…
Leadership a Deal Breaker for SME's & Start-Ups

Leadership a Deal Breaker for SME's & Start-Ups

This week I am the keynote speaker at the Ignite Conference at the Gympie Chamber on Leadership for SME’s, Start-Ups…
Top 5 reasons why you need an executive coach

Top 5 reasons why you need an executive coach

You’ve built your business or career up through sheer hard work, focus, and grit. But is that enough to keep…
Brilliantly Brave...

Brilliantly Brave...

Breathe. I am brave. I get a lot of people saying to me – I don’t know how you do…
3 Ways to Get a Great Mindset

3 Ways to Get a Great Mindset

It is mid-year and how is your mindset? The year seems to be passing us by. I have been doing…
Put yourself out there!

Put yourself out there!

Let’s ignore the Tall Poppy Syndrome shall we? “If people are trying to bring you down it only means that…
Art of Not Giving a Crap

Art of Not Giving a Crap

How would it feel not to give a crap? This week I spoke with Jane Hall on Talking Lifestyle Radio…
Focus.

Focus.

I remember going for an interview for a Senior Human Resources role here in Brisbane with a major government department.…
Neuroscience of Faking It

Neuroscience of Faking It

One of the hottest catchphrases these days is the term, “faking it until you make it.” Despite its popularity, some…
Passion. It Matters.

Passion. It Matters.

Passion, It Matters to me. This might be a shock to you but I am SO passionate about what I…
The HR Architect spends 5 minutes with Sonia McDonald

The HR Architect spends 5 minutes with Sonia McDonald

Who is Sonia McDonald? Sonia McDonald from LeadershipHQ has over 20 years human resource management and organisational development experience. She…
The carrot or the stick?

The carrot or the stick?

For decades organisations have focused on the power of reward and punishment as a way to get their people moving…
The Best Leaders Put Others First

The Best Leaders Put Others First

Within some corporate structures, the leader is at the top of the pyramid, on higher rung than others, without peer.…
The 250 Most Influential Women Leaders

The 250 Most Influential Women Leaders

Richtopia is a digital business magazine that is dedicated to bringing today’s leaders the latest news and interesting stories from…
Sweat the Small Stuff in 2016

Sweat the Small Stuff in 2016

Women still occupy less than 16% of all board level positions, even though the need for greater gender balance is…
Succeeding as the Underdog

Succeeding as the Underdog

One concern that holds most new or small business owners back is the worry that they won’t be able to…
Struggle for Authenticity

Struggle for Authenticity

Have you ever been in a situation where you were asked for your opinion on something, however in order to…
Spotting Leadership Potential

Spotting Leadership Potential

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John…
Soul of Leadership

Soul of Leadership

I read the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra a number of years ago and I was instantly…
Single Parenting and Leadership

Single Parenting and Leadership

Parenting is the most challenging job you will love. It also takes a lot of leadership. For those who don’t…
What Does It Take to Help Your People Shine? Insights From the Book "Shine"

What Does It Take to Help Your People Shine? Insights From the Book "Shine"

What does it take to Shine – is it all in the attitude, doing what you love or feeling connected?…
Recruiting with your whole brain…

Recruiting with your whole brain…

In any business, you are only as good as your team, so recruiting staff is one of the most important…
Purpose Rocks

Purpose Rocks

To me, the purpose is everything. It ROCKS! It is the WHY I do what I do. Why do I…
Power of the Mix

Power of the Mix

Men and women are different – physically of course this is obvious – but what is not so obvious from…
Power of the Early Adopter – How Change Builds Momentum!

Power of the Early Adopter – How Change Builds Momentum!

Have you seen the video clip called “First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy”?   If not, take a look at…
Why leaders must be authentic

Why leaders must be authentic

Authenticity can transform a good leader into a great one as the ability to be authentic in a leadership role…
The C Word

The C Word

Compassionate. Is it a dirty word in business and leadership? Or is it the difference between highly effective and mediocre…
Top Tips for Building Your Brand Identity

Top Tips for Building Your Brand Identity

If you think you can get away without clear branding today, you need to think again. In the legal profession,…