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 other people’s actions and behaviour? This story is a heart breaking, challenging and important story for me to share. This is one of the reasons why I am on a mission to build courageous and…

The Brain and Overcoming Fear

A lot of leaders still subscribe to the idea that they must present an image of confidence and control; they must be a ‘fearless’ leader to be effective and get the results they desire. You’ve probably met many of these leaders in your career and wondered if they really were unafraid of anything – and…

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 feel fear. At present many of us are feeling fear including me. These are unprecedented times. It’s important that you know how to overcome these feelings so that they don’t stop you from achieving…

WHY CHANGE IS HARD – and how we can make it easier.

By Sonia McDonald LeadershipHQ Change is a constant factor in human history. What is distinctive now is the rate and scale of change. (Robinson 2001) Why do people find it so hard to change, or resist change even when it might be good for them? As leaders, we are constantly driving and facilitating change, yet research…

Are You Feeling Fake?

True story. I was sitting in front of a couple who owned a Leadership consulting company being interviewed for a Management Consultant role. I really needed this job as I had recently moved back to Australia from Shanghai and was a single mum with very little money in the bank. I could literally feel my…

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 has held senior roles in organisational development, learning and development, strategic recruitment and talent management fields. She has worked in various industries such as retail, hotels, hospitality, education, construction and engineering, consulting, executive search and…

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 financial bottom line can make these structures appear successful and model-worthy at first, but their profit is gained at the expense of the well being of everyone else who makes up the organisation. Typically,…

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 garnering a lot of attention these days. While setting benchmarks and other goals and developing strategies to recruit more women into the leadership pipeline is a welcome start, if we truly want to increase gender…

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 hold their ground against the competition in the market. This is a valid concern, as we know that the majority of businesses fail within the first two to five years. Just because you are the…