Sonia McDonald is a courageous leader. A cutting edge entrepreneur. A high performing businesswoman and seasoned professional. A caring mother. An impactful speaker. All with an action bias.
She is passionate about your success.
From little things…
Following a forced lifestyle change in 2006, founder Sonia McDonald joined the consulting world and discovered her purpose in inspiring people to learn and grow. With a flair for leadership and strong writing talents, Sonia started the LeadershipHQ blog in 2007. It quickly became a must-read for leaders looking for a more people-centred way of leading.
…big things grow!
With a growing following and the desire to make an even greater impact, Sonia established the LeadershipHQ consulting business in 2008 and then McDonald Inc. in 2019. Since then, she has helped thousands of leaders through her advisory work, keynotes, coaching, workshops and presentations across the Globe.
Sonia believes we should lead with kindness and courage, from the heart, doing rather than telling. She is known for her mantra ‘just lead’.
She leads by example. But not content with words alone, Sonia inspires action, helping individuals and organisations grow through one-on-one practical coaching, keynotes, workshops and advisory services.
…she has grown great leaders!
Sonia has helped thousands of good leaders become great leaders; progressing their leadership journey to become the best version of themselves and in turn, inspire others to join them.
For more than 25 years, Sonia has been on the front lines of Human Resources, Leadership and People and Culture. She has held leadership positions worldwide. Through experience, research and study, Sonia has come to realise what it takes to be a truly courageous leader.
…she speaks bravely!
Sonia speaks bravely and authentically about her own development as a leader, her personal journey and career challenges. It is this relatable, heart-warming and humorous approach that resonates with her audience and has seen her become an in-demand keynote speaker with a timely message of courageous, kind leadership.
Putting people at ease, Sonia starts important conversations and inspires courageous action in people around the world. She is an award-winning author of Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It! and writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. Her next book First Comes Courage is now launched!
Thank you so much Sonia! Your keynote speech was wonderful. You exceeded our expectations. I deeply appreciate you sharing your wisdom, passion, and generosity with our students. It was also so meaningful that you took the time to reinforce the LEAD model. Your courage compass is fantastic. I look forward to spending more time with your book. I hope…
Sonia is one of the best leadership coaches and experts in leadership development in Australia. She practices a brand of leadership with courage and kindness which is needed in this country more and more…she’s also one of the most engaging keynote speakers on leadership.
Sonia held the 300 attendee audiences attention the whole time. She energised them, she made them laugh, she made them think. I would recommend anyone looking for a speaker to empower their staff – Sonia should be your choice. She exudes energy and positivity and leaves you feeling like you can do anything. She is…
Sonia is a superstar! I love her insights and the initiatives she’s at the forefront of in the leadership space.
I am so grateful for Sonia for the learning I have had from her Leadership HQ sessions. The sessions have created influential results in my leadership, and I am more confident in my style and approach to leading. I shared my vision with Sonia and she has coached me on how to successfully execute that…
Sonia is a passionate, genuine, authentic, generous and caring leader, coach, mentor and I’m now proud to be part of her tribe. I am truly inspired to be the best leader I can be by focusing on my strengths. The guidance, support and the all important listening ear is really appreciated. Thank you. Highly recommended.
Sonia is an inspirational and dynamic leadership coach. She energizes and motivates people to be bold, to focus on their personal strengths, and ultimately to forge their own authentic leadership journey.
Inspiring, extraordinary, energetic, positive, motivational and incredible speaker. High energy presenter. Very engaging, great topic. Amazing! Real and relevant information. Very uplifting and inspiring presentation. Great end to the day, very motivational.
Very inspiring and genuine, can tell she really cares. Very moving and powerful! A surprisingly very inspirational speaker, touching and emotional. I loved her enthusiasm and imparting message and the genuine nature of what she had to say and where it came from
The most thought-provoking speaker today. The best – excellent, emotional, inspiring Excellent content, one of my favourites of the day
Super engaging. Lots of energy. Amazing topic. At the core of everything. A great energy boost! Our attendees described the event as “inspiring, extraordinary, energetic, positive, motivational and incredible speaker”. We had ladies leaving the room – saying they were ready to ” Rock It”
Inspiring – I loved this. Passionate and driven presenter. Great way to finish the Summit! Such a fab session – bringing leadership back to reality, I truly believe what you put out in the world is what you get back Had a few tears and fun at the end of the day Really makes me…
She is 100% focused on her client, genuinely and authentically helping them to achieve outstanding results and perform at their best.
Bundle of energy. Very uplifting, clear, concise, and real. Very inspiring and genuine, can tell she really cares Very moving and powerful, well engaged Amazing – made you really think about leadership