Courage & Kindness Movement – How you can help

Can we make a difference by being kind and courageous. We know we can and there is research behind this.

The day my 13 year old daughter Abby came home from school in tears because her best friend started bullying her was a day I will never forget.

Only a few weeks prior her best friend had lived with us for a week due to issues with her own family and we offered our home and kindness to take her in. She wanted to stay longer but as a single mum I couldn’t take her for longer.

The day my 13 year old daughter Abby came home from school in tears because her best friend started bullying her was a day I will never forget.

Only a few weeks prior her best friend had lived with us for a week due to issues with her own family and we offered our home and kindness to take her in. She wanted to stay longer but as a single mum I couldn’t take her for longer.

She had decided to start bullying my daughter and then started paying her friends to bully her too. Abby was devastated and then it started to become cyber-bullying. No-one could help us – her parents, the school or even the police did nothing. I had taught my daughter about kindness and courage – and it made no difference – they did not understand kindness nor being inclusive.

It became worse and she started self-harming.

At 14 she left school and had her first suicide attempt a few weeks later. It was an incredibly tough time and she has come out of the other side.

Her story is not uncommon. In turn, even today we hear many stories of bullying and poor leadership – and the impact it has on people’s lives, mental health, families, businesses and so forth.

In turn, we hear so many stories of poor leadership in the news and media and this impacts how our future generations see and feel about leadership. We know of many amazing people, unsung heroes and organisations who are doing remarkable things by their truly kind and brave acts of leadership. There are lots of great leaders out there and we need to share their stories and celebrate their leadership. This is why we are working very hard to bring to Australia our Outstanding Leadership Awards to inspire everyone to change – we need more kind and courageous leaders.

This is why we are on this movement to build a world of courageous and kind leadership. We know without a doubt that courageous leadership inspires action. We know kindness builds trust which is the missing link for Executives today. This is why in our leadership work, programs, awards and coaching it is a fundamental focus as we have seen the transformation.

There is research that proves this.

Harvard Business School’s Amy Cuddy, along with her research partners, have demonstrated that even before establishing their own credibility or competence, leaders who project warmth are more effective than people who lead with toughness. Basically, kindness and warmth appears to accelerate trust.

But, the link between kindness and great leadership extends beyond just the relationship you have with employees. Interestingly enough, it could also increase employee performance.

Consider this. Researchers at Oxford University analysed hundreds of published papers that studied the relationship between kindness and happiness. They uncovered 21 studies that explicitly prove that being kind to others makes us happier. Add to that research from the University of Warwick that revealed that people are 12 percent more productive at work than unhappy people.

Interesting isn’t it? Imagine how this would impact in our everyday lives if our leaders and future generations embraced kindness and courage.

The impact on kind and courageous leadership does not only make a difference at work but in every aspect of our lives. We need our children to see that as fast as the world is changing and as scary it seems, that we are all human and there is hope. It takes kindness, leadership and courage.

Wouldn’t we want them to embrace that and show this in their everyday actions and words. Wouldn’t we want our people within our teams and organisations to embrace Leadership where they see this word about how they can make a difference and impact.

Remember we can be strong as leaders and show kindness. We can be courageous as leaders and show fear. We can all be leaders without the title or role. It’s an attitude, choice and action.

It only takes one act of intentional kindness and courage to make a difference.

Tomorrow my daughter is starting her first day at University to study social work as she wants to make a difference with disadvantaged people. She wants to study her PhD eventually and she is the kindest and bravest person I know. I am so proud of her and she is proud of the work we do as well as she wants that kind and brave world for all.

Learn more about our Awards here and how you can become a partner or buy a ticket and even nominate.

Find out more about our leadership programs, workshops and coaching here at McDonald Inc.

Stay tuned for my 12 Rules of Kindness and 12 Rules of Courage soon.

Please share below what you can do today or tomorrow to be kind and courageous.

Let’s start a movement and see where the Kind, Courageous and Leadership ripple effect takes us.

What We Can Learn the World’s Youngest PM

*image credit Wikimedia Commons

We follow Leadership in politics across the globe and we love that Sanna Marin is not only the world’s youngest government leader; last year, at 34 years old, she was also elected as Finland’s Prime Minister. So, what can we learn from her?

She leads Finland’s biggest party, the Social Democrats. Finland has a five-party system, and four out of five parties have women leaders who are under 35 years old. Women are well-represented in politics in Finland and other Nordic regions and have been for years.

In contrast, women are woefully underrepresented in Australian politics, as are young people. This is common around the world – and in many areas, not just the political arena. Any sort of decision-making in public tends to lean towards sexism and ageism, marginalising both younger generations and women in particular.

This is why we are hosting the Outstanding Leadership Awards so we can change the face of Leadership in Australia. We are seeing too many examples of poor leadership in our politics and we want our future leaders, young people, women and everyone for that matter see that there are great leaders.

In turn, that’s not to say that we don’t have women involved in our government here in Australia, but the fact is that older males are the overwhelming majority. There’s an inherent bias against younger people, with the idea that you aren’t wiser until you’re older. What this attitude does is exclude young people from important conversations and takes away their ability to contribute to decisions that directly affect them and their future.

Older generations believe that due to their age they know what is best for everyone – which just isn’t possible. Government bodies are making decisions and policies that don’t take into account the actual experiences, views and voices of young people, especially women.

Younger people are starting to push through this barrier and become the leaders of causes that matter to their generation. Whether it’s protesting governments for various types of reform, climate marches or for women’s rights, young women are becoming the face of movements around the world.

Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai are two of the most prominent young women leaders in recent history, but that’s not to discount the myriad of other women stepping up and fighting for change.

The important point to note about this, however, is that the common link between these young women is that they are leaders in an ‘informal’ way. They are not noticed by the more formal hiring systems, which value traditionally male traits, favouring older men in particular. This system sees the tradition of mainly older men hiring and promoting those who closely resemble them. The cycle continues, and diversity remains underrepresented in formal systems.

If our governing bodies and other influential agencies aren’t made up of a diverse range of people, how can they be expected to truly represent their people and act in their best interests? After all, how can policies reflect a community when that community isn’t reflected?

Young women, and the younger generation in general, don’t know everything, of course. Nobody does. But that’s also the answer – by coming together, sharing our knowledge and skills, and recognising the value that each generation has, particularly as leaders.

Young people, especially young women, face discrimination on two fronts: their sex and their age. They make up a large section of our society, but have to fight to be seen and heard even in a civil setting.

Let’s shake up these traditional views and get rid of them once and for all. This is why we are incredibly passionate about our Emerging Leaders and Women in Leadership Programs at McDonald Inc. Let’s allow diversity to improve things for us all. Let’s really start embracing our young people as the leaders they can be – and that some already are.

The Author – Sonia McDonald

Sonia McDonald believes we should lead with kindness, from the heart, doing rather than telling and is known for her mantra ‘Just lead’.  She leads by example in all these areas and through her one on one practical coaching, leadership training for teams and organisations encourages others to do the same. Sonia has helped hundreds of people on their leadership journey to become the best version of themselves and in turn inspire and bring out the best in others.

For more than 25 years, Sonia has been on the front lines of human resource management. She has held leadership positions around the globe and through experience, research and study come to realise what it takes to be a truly effective leader.

Sonia has an ability to speak bravely and authentically about her own development as a leader, personal and career challenges in a way which resonates with her audience. She is recognised as a LinkedIn influencer and has become an in-demand keynote speaker, who puts people at ease and starts important conversations.

She is an award-winning published author and writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. Sonia has become recognised for her commentary around the topic of leadership, developing work-life balance, championing the up and coming leaders of tomorrow and advocating for women in business and male-dominated industries.

Contact Sonia or her team at McDonald Inc. at https://mcdonaldinc.com.au/ or https://soniamcdonald.com.au/

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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 resources to lead effectively and in a way that gains the results you need.

If you are struggling with high staff turnover and a demotivated workforce, perhaps a different approach is required. You are finding it challenging to find a leadership program that will give you or your teams the skills, confidence and tools to be a great leader (remember leadership is an attitude and behaviour).

As you know Leadership makes the difference. Leaders drive your culture. Leaders deliver the strategy. Leaders build high performance teams. Leaders are Courageous (read my 7 Laws of Courage).

This is why we built this program. In the Courageous Leader Program you will be personally coached through a 20 week online course. The aim is to develop your leadership skills and be armed with the tools to develop and reinvigorate your team. We have managers, future leaders and team leaders who have already joined this bespoke and high impact program.

In the Courageous Leader Program you will learn to:

  • Understand the motivations of your team, and develop a strong team culture.
  • Discover your own strengths and use them to your advantage.
  • Become a better leader using empathy and kindness.
  • Be ready to take the next step in your leadership journey.

Created for emerging leaders, team leaders and self-aware professionals wanting to take their seat at the leadership table.

The Courageous Leadership Group Coaching Program runs over 20 weeks, including 17 weeks of lessons with three consolidation or rest weeks. Each week you’ll complete a learning module consisting of one lesson as well as you will have access to tools, motivation, coaching. books, resources and much more!

“Sonia has been a highly engaging executive coach helping me to unlock superior levels of performance from my team, working with me on my leadership style and driving a highly engaged and motivated employee culture. She is 100% focused on her client, genuinely and authentically helping them to achieve outstanding results and perform at their best”

Jaime Burnell | Asset Manager Dexus

Students learn to lead from their strengths. To lead and develop strong teams. To be a change agent and empower others to lead.

Implement leadership strategies immediately during the program utilising leadership tools provided.

This program is taught by Sonia McDonald, CEO & founder of LeadershipHQ. WOOHOO! She is so excited as she loves coaching people and leaders across the Globe to see their inner leadership and greatness.

Our next intake is scheduled for July 15 and we are taking enrolments now, however places are limited. Please contact us for Corporate Rates too.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and we are happy to take a call and answer any questions you may have about the Courageous Leader Program. You can email me at sonia@soniamcdonald.com.au, follow this link, or call 1300 719 665.

Sonia x

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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 important, because everyone who follows you is looking to you for guidance during the tough times. An example of what not to do as a leader facing defeat is the speech Bill Shorten (former opposition leader) gave to those in the Labor party’s Canberra room after the shocking loss in the recent election.

Many are now calling Shorten “pathetic” for the way he “lashed out” and “blamed” a range of sources for his defeat, saying “the odds were stacked against him” because of outside parties. Instead of bowing out gracefully and encouragingly passing the leadership mantle to rally the party together, Shorten chose to go down the less-dignified route.

His speech started strong, saying, “I understand there are lessons to be learned from defeat”. However, he went on to be less than gracious in defeat, as you can see in these quotes:

“We were up against corporate leviathans, a financial behemoth, spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling lies, spreading fear.

“Powerful vested interests campaigned against us. Through sections of the media itself, and they got what they wanted.

“I understand that neither of these challenges disappeared on election night. They’re still out there for us to face. It is important we face them with courage and honesty, with principle, and unity.”

Not exactly inspiring, right? Defeat often comes from our opponents being better at the game, and our shortcomings. Not doing your best, or doing your best and still losing, can be upsetting. If you let that anger affect you, then you’re failing yourself and your team as a leader. Poor leaders lash out and turn their anger on those around them. They blame anyone and everyone but themselves for what went wrong instead of accepting the situation and learning from it. Bill Shorten demonstrated this in his speech.

In stark contrast, Labor’s new leader Anthony Albanese’s comments in response to being asked about Shorten’s speech were much more characteristic of a great leader. He showed he can graciously handle defeat and inspire those around him to do better next time.

He said on the Today Show:

“We listened to the verdict of the people. The people always get it right. There’s no point complaining about what happened on the field.

“When you look at the scoreboard at the end of the day, we were defeated. By about 77-68 […] will be the final score.”

Albanese did say that “there is no doubt that vested interests did play a role,” but due to his previous comments accepting Labor’s loss, this comment didn’t come off anywhere near as severely as Shorten’s. Shorten’s comments were full of blaming and not taking responsibility. In contrast, Albanese preached unity, balance and reiterated that he believed in the talent of those in the Labor Party:

“We will be a united team. I’ve been elected unanimously by the Labor Party to lead. We had a leadership team. We have a gender balance. We have talent.”

While Albanese wasn’t leader at the election, he still stated that:

“I think the senior members, all of us, have to accept responsibility, that those many millions of Australians who rely upon us and the tens of thousands of people who have worked on our campaigns, need us to do better next time. And today, we resolve to do just that.”

Which comments would you rather hear from your leader after a defeat? I know that I’d rather Albanese lead myself and our team during the aftermath of a loss. His comments embody some of the essential parts of successful and effective leadership to overcome the disappointment of defeat:

  • Acknowledge the loss, instead of making excuses or passing blame
  • Don’t stop learning and growing, even during hard times
  • Encourage yourself and those around you, while being realistic, but not cynical.
  • Learn from what happened, whether you won or lost

If you’re more of a Shorten than an Albanese, maybe it’s time to reassess how you respond to defeat. Are you a sore loser who blames others and makes excuses? It’s never too late to start learning and changing, and that’s what great leaders do.

What do you think about Shorten’s comments? Do you think Albanese will be able to lead Labor to success in the future? Let me know your thoughts!

Speech Image Credit – ABC News

About Sonia

Sonia McDonald believes we should lead with kindness, from the heart, doing rather than telling and is known for her mantra ‘Just lead’. She leads by example in all these areas and through her one on one practical coaching, leadership training for teams and organizations encourages others to do the same. Sonia has helped hundreds of people on their leadership journey to become the best version of themselves and in turn, inspire and bring out the best in others.

For more than 25 years, Sonia has been on the front lines of HR. She has held leadership positions worldwide and through experience, research and study come to realize what it takes to be a truly great leader.

Sonia has an ability to speak bravely and authentically about her own development as a leader, personal and career challenges in a way which resonates with her audience. She is recognized as a LinkedIn influencer and has become an in-demand keynote speaker, starts important conversations.

She is an award-winning published author and writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. Sonia has become recognized for her commentary around the topic of leadership, developing work-life balance, championing the up and coming leaders of tomorrow and advocating for women in business and male-dominated industries.

Keynote Topics

Sonia will give you peace of mind when booking a speaker. She is a proven world-class professional speaker with the skills to “rock an audience”. Her energy, empathy, kindness, sensitivity, and humor will enhance any event she appears.

  1. Leadership Attitude
  2. Just Rock It
  3. Leadership for Small Business
  4. Leading the Next Generations
  5. Courageous Leadership
  6. Future Leaders of Leadership
  7. New Kindness of Leadership

Phone 1300 719 665 or +61 424 447 616

www.soniamcdonald.com.au

sonia@soniamcdonald.com.au

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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 your business or career on track for growing success? Are you a reactive manager, making just-in-time decisions? Not sure if your business strategy is right? Or don’t even have a business or career strategy. Then find out the top five reasons why you need an executive coach to built your business.

You are not alone. Many people start their business with a big fanfare and high hopes, then bit by bit, they lose their crystal-clear sense of direction and their hopes become a distant memory. Many are dedicated to their careers and then lose track of the direction of their dreams and goals.

But it’s not too late to turn things around and get your business or career back on track. And the fastest way to do this is to use an executive coach. Not convinced? ? If you want performance and growth, get a coach. Then read on to find out the top five reasons why you need an executive coach.

In turn thanks to a study from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), there are plenty of statistics that prove the effectiveness of coaching. For example, here are 4 benefits identified by clients from an ICF survey:

  1. 80% of clients improved their self-confidence
  2. 73% of clients improved their relationships
  3. 72% of clients improved their communication skills
  4. 67% of clients improved their work-life balance

 

With the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything. Reese Witherspoon

 

1 You’ll set realistic goals

Your executive coach will ask you questions to get right down to the nitty-gritty of your goals for your business and career. You might think you just want to make money or climb the ladder. But your coach will ask you what that money or ladder will mean to you and your life. They’ll question you about the direction you want to take – and then help you to map out the steps to take to reach your goals. Grab your free session below or sign up to my new programs today.

2 You’ll be held accountable

When you get too busy to keep on track, your executive coach will hold you accountable. You don’t want to let your coach down, and they want the best for you. So you’ll roll your sleeves up and get going – in the right direction – prepared to do whatever it takes.

3 Your ego will take a back seat

How much ego do you put into your business or career? Not sure? How about “My way or the highway,” with your staff. Or a temper flare-up when things don’t pan out as you want them to. Your executive coach knows that ego won’t help your hip pocket. Ego can stand in the way of an enlightened approach to your business or career. It can stand in the way of having great and supportive people around you. Your executive coach will provide an ego check and give you the perspective you badly need to take your business or career forward.

4 You’ll go outside your comfort zone

Your executive coach will give you the push you need to take you out of your comfort zone and take your business or career forward. This could be as simple as making some invaluable contacts. It could be trying a new approach. Or it could be having a coach to help you get some great brand recognition or build incredible leadership skills and confidence. A coach will challenge your thinking and mindset. A coach will push you to be the best version of you.

5  You’ll learn how to make your ideas a reality

If your head is buzzing with ideas and goals for your business or career, but you don’t know where to start, ask your coach. They are great at evaluation and cutting through to what’s really achievable – and what’s not. And they’ll make sure that you go about things the right way.

Your executive coach keeps you on track, working towards your goals. You’ll have the confidence to make savvy decisions. And you’ll be accountable for your actions. And in so doing, your business and career will flourish, and you’ll make more money and gain more success along the way. So ask yourself. Can you really afford NOT to have a coach?

Free Session! Find out more HERE!

I have launched a NEW Online Membership Program just for you where you can work with me One on One (only 15 spots left). Find out and apply here!

Or contact my team today at Leadership HQ and give your business or career the boost it really needs!

Author – Sonia McDonald, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach and CEO of LeadershipHQ

Sonia McDonald is one of Globe’s leading leadership executive coaches and keynote speakers, as well as an advisor, thought leader, and author. She’s also CEO and founder of LeadershipHQ, and through this, she empowers people to discover their own innate talent and strengths.

Named as one of the Top 100 Australian Entrepreneurs and Top 250 Influential Women in the world, Sonia is shaking up the traditional view of leadership, and along the way she has uncovered some outstanding leadership talent which had previously gone unnoticed.

Sonia is internationally recognised as an expert in leadership and strategy, organisational development, workplace diversity and the neuroscience of leadership.

Sonia has also coached people around the world, encouraging them to succeed by reaching their full potential. She has helped hundreds of people build their brands, grow their leadership and business strategies, increase their confidence, build awareness, increase their business revenue, connect to the right people, build exceptional skills and achieve brilliant businesses and careers.

Sonia has written several books on leadership: Leadership Attitude, Just Rock IT! and Neuroscience of Leadership, and she writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. She has been published in BBC Capital, The Australian, HRD Magazine, Business Insider and Richtopia

Her academic achievements include:

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

 

Phone 1300 719 665   www.soniamcdonald.com.au

brave SUMMIT

brave Summit

brave Summit

Saturday 23rd February 2019

9.30am-1pm

We need more Women sitting at the Leadership Table and achieving Greatness.

We want Bold, Authentic and Courageous Women 

Stuff the Imposter Syndrome.

Stuff the Glass Ceiling. 

We want to help you with the juggle and overwhelm.

We know –

You are Exceptional!

You are Brave!

Let’s Help You Get There. 

*Please note there are ONLY 100 SEATS 

* Includes Lunch (starting from only $67 per ticket)

* Receive Members Prices worth over $2000 during the summit

BOOK HERE

 

WHY THIS brave SUMMIT IS FOR YOU!

Women undeniably have a different set of leadership skills to men and businesses are just not discovering how important those attributes are in the workplace. It is also time that women learned to appreciate the skills they have. You will discover and learn to appreciate your own unique leadership qualities and how to implement them in a significant way within your leadership role. You could be a strong and capable leader, leading your team YOUR way, or you could still be wondering if you have it in you to be a leader at all…

Which will it be? brave is suited to emerge and mid-to-senior level managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders with a focus on self, courage, and leadership. Using both a neuroscience and direct action learning approach, this workshop and membership will provide you with the skills, insights, and empower YOU to be the best leader you can be! It will also provide you with a level of confidence and courage that will bring you instant results. You will have the opportunity to connect with a tribe of people who will take your career and leadership to new levels.

“It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.” ―Horace

Our summit will give you confidence in yourself as an individual and as a leader. You will learn about yourself and the strengths you already have that will help your personal development. You will discover a new sense of self and gain a new mindset with brave Summit. You will learn how to harness incredible courage and bravery. You will be able to build an incredible brand and be able to understand your why, purpose and passions. You will discover the power of resilience and how to use it wisely towards successful outcomes. You will discover what drives and motivates you and how to maintain your motivation while still maintaining balance and focus! Sonia is an inspirational and dynamic leadership coach and speaker. She energizes and motivates people to be bold, to focus on their personal strengths, and to ultimately forge their own authentic leadership journey. Sonia’s workshop program is insightful, engaging and rewarding.

Sonia loves working with brave women, but the fact is that there are nowhere near enough brave women in leadership, and that NEEDS to change!

There are so many reasons why we as women don’t appreciate the skills and talents we have that make us fantastic leaders – this conference will change that!

You’ll learn how to harness your amazing qualities and unleash the incredible leader within.

If any of these points resonate with you, then this conference is for you!

Lack of confidence

Not being able to speak up or speak out when it counts.

Lack of belief/disempowering beliefs

Not believing in yourself, and having negative beliefs about yourself and your abilities.

Emotions are seen as a weakness

In the male-dominated workplace, we are called ‘bitches’ or ‘emotional’ while men who behave the same way are ‘passionate’ and ‘dynamic’.

Unsure where to start

Wanting to make a change but not sure where to begin – it can be hard to know where to focus first.

Don’t feel worthy

Feeling unworthy in the workplace or in life – like you don’t deserve good things.

Need to be 100% certain you can do the job

Women only apply for jobs that they know they can 100% do, but men will apply for a job even if they fit only some of the criteria.

Don’t have the skills

You may think you can’t do things, but you have skills you haven’t discovered yet!

Don’t have a brand

Even if you don’t want to be a full-blown entrepreneur, having a brand or identity as a leader is so important.

Don’t know what you want

Figuring out what you want from your leadership journey can be hard, but it’s worth it if you’re serious about your leadership!

Too many other priorities

You can’t do it all, but you can do a lot! Prioritizing correctly is vital to achieving the best results.

Not enough time

Feeling like you’re always running out of time, or that there just isn’t enough.

Putting yourself last

A lot of us women do this every day, especially those of us who are mums! You DESERVE to put yourself first.

Feeling overwhelmed

When there’s too much on your plate, and/or you’re trying to do everything for everyone.

Trying to be superwoman

You can’t be everything to everyone! You need to look after YOU.

A lot of that probably sounds familiar, right? Well, I’ll show you how much power there is in purpose, focus, and mindset when it comes to beating these negative thoughts!

In this conference, we cover resilience, courage, success, perception, tribe, voice and ROCKING IT!

We give you the tools and techniques that we personally use to stand tall, shine and be brave.

We will help you find out who you are and what kind of leader you are – because we all have the potential to be great leaders!

You’ll walk away from this conference feeling brave and ready to ROCK work and life.

Places are EXTREMELY limited – to be one of the 100 exclusive attendees, book your place NOW.

WHO LEADS brave?

brave is led by Sonia McDonald, CEO, and founder of LeadershipHQ. Sonia has helped hundreds of executives, business owners and aspiring leaders hone their skills to become strong, connected and inspiring leaders. Named in the Top 100 Australian Entrepreneurs and Top 250 Influential Women across the Globe, Sonia will be your greatest Cheerleader.

For over 15 years she’s successfully coached and mentored people towards establishing their careers and getting a seat at the table. Sonia is one of Australia’s Leading Coaches and Keynote Speakers. She is also the author of “Just Rock It! How to Get What You Really Want.” And “Leadership Attitude: How Mindset and Action Can Change the World.”

BOOK HERE

and some amazing offers on the day!

If you have questions about the conference or if you have any dietary requirements please email the team at info@leadeshiphq.com.au 0r 1300 719 665   www.soniamcdonald.com.au

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Mark Bouris Show – Lessons Learnt

I am brave and courageous. I am and I need to be.

I am a leader and entrepreneur.

Yesterday I really put myself out there. I arrived at the Mark Bouris Show in Sydney to pitch some ideas around my company LeadershipHQ, building a tribe and Leadership Magazine idea (help Jackie Frank!).

Let’s just say I felt like I crashed and burned. Well kind of. I learnt a lot of lessons from the experience. He did give me some valuable insights and advice. Watch it below…(I can’t just yet!)

I will keep pushing and driving my dream, vision and purpose. I will keep going, as I truly believe we are making a difference. I will never give up!

Then I spoke at the incredible Rarebirds Conference in Sydney with Jo Burston – what an honour. I spoke to around 100 aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs on Leadership for Entrepreneurs with the incredible Anna Lucia Mackay.

I was in heaven. I loved it. Great end to the day.

I thought I would share my top tips for Leadership for Entrepreneurs (- all of you really!), which I shared at my Keynote yesterday.

Remember I think we have made leadership bigger than what it is. Leadership is about mindset and attitude. Leadership is about making a difference.

  • Be Authentically YOU. Always be you. Own who you are. Be seen. I love Brene Brown’s definition of Authenticity

 “ Is the courage to be imperfect, vulnerable, and to set boundaries.”

  • Focus on your WHY & PURPOSE. Your WHY is everything. Even when I get my knocks, I always pick myself up and say to myself what did I learn from that experience? I know I am making a difference in Leadership, that is my why and purpose.
  • Take them on the JOURNEY with you. Your journey matters. Take them with you. Dream it with them.

 “Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck leads the flock to follow.”  Chinese Proverb

  • Empower OTHERS to Lead. Leadership is about others. Listen to them. Care about them. Inspire them to Lead. Empower them to be the best they can be. Educate them to develop. Focus on their strengths (and yours).

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates

  • Remember the BRAIN Stuff. Focus your RAS (Reticular Activating System) on your strengths, positives and passions! Watch this very cool video and it will change how you set you brain! You are the Director of your thoughts. Only have Oscar award winning actors (and actresses) on that stage!
  • Make them feel SAFE. We talk about keeping people safe. How about making them feel SAFE? Safe to be who they truly are? Let’s be inclusive everyday.
  • Put on the Oxygen Mask FIRST. You know how you get onto a plane and they give you the emergency spiel. You need to put the oxygen mask on first before assisting others? As leaders I think it is always important we put others first, however, if you don’t take of yourself first and foremost, how can you take care of others? You matter.
  • See the Evidence. Celebrate the SUCCESSES. Make sure you spend each day looking at what you have achieved, steps you have taken and successes you have made. This will inspire action and help you move forward. Leadership is about making a difference.
  • Surround yourself with your TRIBE. We can’t do it alone (I know I have tried!). We need our tribe. We need our supporters, team, mentors, coaches, friends – we need people around us that truly believe in us. Get the right people on the bus.
  • Let your PASSION be contagious. Passion matters. When those around you feel your passion, your why and purpose. They will want to follow. It is contagious.

My message yesterday at Rarebirds and frankly at every conference or program I speak at is – We are all Leaders. It is up to us to have a leadership mindset and attitude.

I love what Richard Branson said – and yesterday I just did it. I put myself out there. I was the best I could be.

“Screw it! Let’s just do it.”

DO IT! Screw it. Be Courageous. Be Brave. Put yourself out there. Be seen. Lead the Way. Go for your vision and dreams. Put your hand up. Ask. Do what you can to make a difference, change the world.

Start. NOW.

Thank you Mark Bouris, you helped me on the journey to be even more courageous.

Author – Sonia McDonald, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach and CEO of LeadershipHQ

Sonia McDonald is one of Globe’s leading leadership executive coaches and keynote speakers, as well as an advisor, thought leader, and author. She’s also CEO and founder of LeadershipHQ, and through this, she empowers people to discover their own innate talent and strengths.

Named as one of the Top 100 Australian Entrepreneurs and Top 250 Influential Women in the world, Sonia is shaking up the traditional view of leadership, and along the way she has uncovered some outstanding leadership talent which had previously gone unnoticed.

Sonia is internationally recognised as an expert in leadership and strategy, organisational development, workplace diversity and the neuroscience of leadership.

Sonia has also coached people around the world, encouraging them to succeed by reaching their full potential. She has helped hundreds of people build their brands, grow their leadership and business strategies, increase their confidence, build awareness, increase their business revenue, connect to the right people, build exceptional skills and achieve brilliant businesses and careers.

Sonia has written several books on leadership: Leadership Attitude, Just Rock IT! and Neuroscience of Leadership, and she writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. She has been published in BBC Capital, The Australian, HRD Magazine, Business Insider and Richtopia

Her academic achievements include:

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

Phone 1300 719 665  www.soniamcdonald.com.au