Great leaders

7 Ways to be a Great Leaders

It seems that just about anyone can be given the title of ‘leader’ these days, doesn’t it? But you know what I say about leadership being an attitude, not a title? It’s all too true. Great leaders are not just leaders because of their position, but because of their attitude. These leaders also have other things in common; they do these 7 things, and if you do them too, you can be a great leader as well:

Challenge your team to get creative

Leaders who support their teams in thinking outside the box, encouraging creativity, are great leaders.

They encourage their teams to try new solutions and ideas, while providing the support to overcome any obstacles in their way. Knowing they have someone behind them empowers teams to try different things.

Be the leader and team member you want to see

Great leaders understand that they are role models to those around them, and act accordingly.

This has a large amount of influence on staff; they almost always respect a leader that doesn’t follow the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ school of thought, and try harder to model those same behaviours.

The three most important ways to lead people are:… by example… by example… by example.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Show your enthusiasm

Leaders who are passionate about their work spread that enthusiasm to their team. They work harder, and so does the group. They get excited about the achievements of those around them, not just their own.

Just remember that you don’t have to go overboard, or you’ll come off non-genuine and have the opposite effect.

Grab my books Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It! Grab them HERE. 

Be optimistic, and share your positivity

This doesn’t mean you have to be unrealistically happy all the time, it just means that a positive attitude will help carry you and your team through the harder times. People are inspired and motivated by positivity; great leaders are optimistic even when things are tough.

Promote team involvement

Team members who are encouraged by their leaders to have a say and put forward their ideas feel respected and valued. Great leaders know that, while they make the final call, their team’s input can be invaluable.

Learn more about my Team and Leadership Workshops HERE

Recognise and reward your team

Great leaders understand the power of recognition. Teams who have their efforts recognised and rewarded feel valued; when they know their hard work is appreciated, they are happier and their performance improves.

Never stop looking for new things to try

Feedback from your team about your leadership will help you determine what’s been effective, and what can be worked on. Use the feedback to inspire you when searching for other ways to recognise and encourage your team.

These are just 7 of the ways you can be a great leader. Which of these points do you think you’re achieving, and which are you going to work on? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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 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 HR. She has held leadership positions worldwide and through experience, research and study come to realise 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 recognised 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 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.

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 humour 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

Overwhelmed and Exhausted

9 Tips for Feeling Less Overwhelmed and Exhausted

No matter what our personal or professional lives involve, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted happens to each and every one of us at many points in our lives. If you ask a group of people at any given moment if they feel overworked, you’ll see plenty of hands go up. I bet yours probably would, too! So how do we work on feeling less overwhelmed and more collected? The answer lies within yourself and how you manage your time, not in anything external.

Here are my nine tips for feeling less Overwhelmed and Exhausted:

Don’t let the everyday things weigh you down and it’s okay to be imperfect!

Understand that not everything you do on a daily basis is essential to reaching your goals. Giving those things an unnecessary sense of importance will only add to how overwhelmed you feel. Remember it is okay not to do it all and be imperfect.

Cut out the unnecessary tasks that have become unquestioned habits

Doing what you’ve always done isn’t going to change anything. It’s time to start questioning why you’re doing certain things, and you’ll often find that you don’t need to be doing them – it’s simply become a force of habit.

Once you stop getting bogged down in the unnecessary, you’ll free up time and become more productive towards the things that count.

Always be ready to reorganise your priorities

Look at what you have to get done today, and what will get in the way of doing it. Choose the most necessary things to do, the things that cannot wait.

But you must also be willing to readjust your priorities (and your calendar) when an urgent task suddenly occurs. It’s great to get through your to-do list, but not if you’re neglecting the essential things as you do so.

Figure out the way you work best

Everyone has a different routine when they work. Maybe you do your best work later in the day, or even at night. Maybe you’re a morning person who works best when you start the day with some yoga and reflection.

No matter how you prefer to work, you must also understand if it’s actually benefitting you. If you’re not doing great work, it’s time to start experimenting with different work rhythms to see which is most effective for you.

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Less important tasks can wait – do the essentials before any others

This doesn’t just mean for the day; you need to look at what you must prioritise for the week, the month, the future.  Ascertain which tasks are most important, so that you’re working on things that provide you with the most value.

Make sure you ‘switch off’ from time to time

I bet you’re thinking, “Wait, what?? Surely she’s not serious?” Well, I am! Our brains (and bodies) need to go on autopilot sometimes.

Some interesting research has shown that we often come up with smart solutions to our problems by reviewing them, and then letting ourselves experience a period of ‘unconscious thought’.

This essentially means letting yourself ‘zone out’; doing things that don’t require much thought, like wiping down the kitchen or folding washing. When you’re not concentrating on trying to find an answer, you’re much more likely to find it!

Establish your limits

Today’s modern technology means we’re all available 24/7 – or at least we feel like we should be. The truth is, just because we all have those little devices in our pockets that allow us to communicate whenever we want, doesn’t mean we can’t put boundaries in place. We’re allowed to be ‘unavailable’ and make time for things other than work.

Decide when you’re going to stop answering calls and emails, when you’re not going to do anything work-related, and tell people those time limits. When you manage their expectations, people usually won’t mind not receiving a response right away. In fact, they’ll likely respect you for it.

Protect yourself from burning out; set healthy boundaries and stop those overwhelmed and overworked feelings in their tracks.

Really think before saying “yes” or “no”

Saying “yes” to everyone isn’t the way to get ahead and reach your goals. All you’re doing is overworking yourself and lessening the quality of your work (and your life).

Say “no” when you need to, and you can set conditions if necessary. That goes for saying “yes” as well.

Reflect on the impact that accepting the request will have on you and your goals, then decide on your answer from there.

I go further into depth on this in my blog 7 Courageous Conversations You Need to Have, if you’d like to read more.

Minimise the chance of being disturbed

When you really need to get something done, distractions are one of the biggest things standing in your way. A great tip that I often use is putting aside time where my notifications go on silent, so that no texts, emails or calls can interrupt my work. I’m a lot more productive when I’m not stopping and starting, and that’s true for just about anyone!

These 9 Tips for Feeling Less Overwhelmed and Exhausted are easy to put into practice, and are great ways to cope with the exhaustion and overwhelm that we all feel at times. Never feel guilty for feeling overworked or fatigued, just remember that you can do something about it!

Feel free to share any other tips like the ones above(Overwhelmed and Exhausted). I love hearing from you!

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 development, happiness and values are what guides you through life, and make it or break it. Do you want to be living the best life you can, or will you waste it by not expecting or believing in what you deserve?

To live your best life means having the courage to be kind, dream big, know you deserve the best – and expect it, too! So, how do you start to improve your life? How do you raise your standards, overcome fear, and stay motivated during the rough times?

I’ll tell you, with my 7 Laws for Improving Your Quality of Life:

Be discerning about your relationships

Nobody is ever really happy if their relationships aren’t healthy. Flying solo will only get you so far, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept every relationship in your life. Sometimes, we must cut out family, friends or other relationships, for the sake of our wellbeing. When you love yourself enough to expect better from your relationships, and surround yourself with those who support, love and respect you, you’ll see a huge improvement in your life.

It’s okay to put yourself first

You can’t unleash your full personal power if you’re neglecting yourself and your needs. Focusing on yourself isn’t selfish; it’s ensuring that you can have a high quality of life and reach your potential.

Instead of putting tasks off, whether large or small, you must put aside time to tackle them. Have high standards for your performance so that you can work hard and achieve more. The courage to stand up for yourself and dedicate energy and time to your needs and goals is so important. Without this, you’re limiting your life’s quality.

Look at what can be done, not what’s standing in the way

When you’re living a high-quality life, problems and challenges aren’t anywhere near as overwhelming. You know that there is always an answer, because your sense of personal power tells you that there’s always solutions.

This type of motivation is what leads you to greater success and allows you to not be bogged down in negativity if you fail. You can then use the experience to adapt for next time and continue improving your life.

When you believe that you deserve more, you’ll see how you can make it happen, rather than what’s stopping you.

Always work on bettering yourself

None of us will ever be perfect, but that doesn’t mean we should become complacent in our personal growth or in meeting our upgraded standards.

Reflection and monitoring of all aspects of your life is key and must be done consistently. This way you can adjust what isn’t working and make changes before you squander too much of your time. Commit to always doing better for yourself and your quality of life will grow exponentially.

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Respect time – yours and others’

Be prudent with how you manage your time. A lot of your personal power comes from the way you choose to use your time. From completing your most significant tasks first, to showing respect for others’ time by being early (or on time), you are demonstrating an appreciation for time that will always work in your favour.

The way you manage your time says a great deal about your character, so think about how you are with yours and others’ time – are you showing integrity, commitment and respect? If so, then you are going to improve your life, and compel those around you to do the same.

Own it when things go wrong – or right!

Shirking responsibility for the outcomes of your actions is only bringing your life quality down and impacting those around you as well.

Have the courage to take ownership of your mistakes; after all, they are another chance to learn! Mistakes aren’t the be all and end all, so change your attitude towards negative experiences and you’ll become much more resilient and adaptable.

Leaders who demonstrate the courage to take responsibility are modelling positive behaviours for their teams as well. Humility is a trait all great leaders have and display consistently.

Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and claim the recognition you deserve, either. Take ownership of the positive as well as the negative.

The best thing you can be is kind

Being kind doesn’t mean doing everything everyone asks of you; it’s important to treat yourself with kindness too.

Being kind inspires people around you to do their best and is a type of personal power that cannot be understated. The ripple effect from just one kind act can have incredible results.

Following these principles will help you improve the quality of your life and be a great influence on the quality of others’ as well.

Is there anything you’d add to this list? What else do you do to make sure you’re living the best life possible? Let me know!

Looking at stepping up in your career or business, learn more about my Courageous Leadership Course and Program! 

Sonia’s Books – Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It! Grab them HERE. 

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 HR. She has held leadership positions worldwide and through experience, research and study come to realise 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 recognised 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 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.

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 humour 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

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 and your actions in depth. You may not know what to ask yourself, so I’ve put together 5 questions for you to answer. If you’re honest in your answers, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and what makes you who you are.

What faults, flaws and issues do you have, and what can you do to resolve them?

Nobody’s perfect, and the sooner you can embrace that idea the better. Identifying and accepting your faults and flaws enables you to work on them, and eventually overcome them! Don’t hide them and stay in denial; it’s a waste of time and only inhibits your growth. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re unsure how to resolve your issues (or flaws or faults). Sometimes we can’t overcome them on our own, and that’s okay!

What is there to love about yourself and your life?

It’s not all about the negatives! You should also know why you deserve your love and what you have to be grateful for in your life. Life isn’t always pleasant; things will go wrong and you’ll find yourself experiencing highs and lows. Dealing with the unavoidable bad times shows your strength and helps your growth. Knowing what you have to love within yourself and your life will help you navigate difficult times with ease. Being secure in your love for yourself is invaluable.

What are you working to achieve, and why?

You need to know what you’re trying to achieve, and why. Tell yourself every day what it is you’re aiming for and the reason for it, to stay motivated. We all work harder to be successful at something when we know why we’re doing it. It has to be a good reason though, or you won’t stay on task as easily during harder times. Persistence and being disciplined enough to finish the work is key to success.

What is stopping you from accomplishing your goals?

You may see a roadblock and try to go around it, or not even notice it at all without reflecting on the path necessary to achieve your goal. When you acknowledge these roadblocks, you turn them into challenges instead. The great thing about challenges? They’re made to be overcome!

Take the opportunity to smash the challenges in your way, and come out the other side a more successful, confident person. Learn from your challenges and apply them to any others that are in your path to continue your growth.

What can you do to make a positive impact on the world?

Do the right thing whenever you can; even the smallest positive act makes a difference! Doing nothing is almost as bad as doing the wrong thing because nothing will change when the good do nothing. Even if it seems like you can’t win, doing the right thing is important and shows the strength of your character. It may not work in every situation, but there are often unseen ripple effects from our good deeds that still make a difference.

For example, if you’re a leader, do more than the minimum and really get invested in improving your company’s culture. Be involved in your team members’ growth and development, and encourage them to work to their full potential.

I hope you were honest in your answers to these questions, and I encourage you to regularly practice self-reflection if you aren’t already! Personal development enriches your life personally, and professionally too. This link is to a simple yet effective self-reflection exercise I posted last year: Focus on What Makes You Rock. And if you’re in need of some motivation, check out the blog of My Top 50 Quotes for Inspiration and Motivation. If you want to share any of your answers with me, I’d love to hear from you!

Looking at stepping up in your career or business, learn more about my Courageous Leadership Course and Program! 

Sonia’s Books – Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It! Grab them HERE. 

These 5 Questions will truly help your Personal Growth

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 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 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.

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

 

 

 

 

ceo

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 for anyone in a leadership role, especially those in the position of CEO. Just having that title isn’t enough to make you an effective and successful CEO – so what does?

Here’s a list of 10 things that you need to know to become a top CEO:

Clarify what makes you who you are

Clarifying who you are at your core allows you to behave authentically and with integrity. It’s the leaders who demonstrate a strong sense of self that are most respected, so it’s time to define your character. This is the first step to becoming an effective CEO, so it’s crucial that you don’t skip over it or you’ll be left without the necessary foundations to truly succeed.

Serve as the example for your leaders

You cannot expect your team leaders to follow the leadership model you implement if you’re not abiding by it yourself. Don’t leave your leaders to look elsewhere for guidance, or you’ll quickly lose their respect and leave your company’s leadership in shambles.

Remember that you are the representative of your company

This should always be in your mind because what you do and say reflects on your organisation, not just yourself. As a CEO, you’re representing the whole company – so be mindful of the messages you’re sending in your interactions. Whether you’re interacting with a stakeholder, a potential client, or any member of staff, you’re giving them an impression of the company, and must ensure it’s a good one!

A diverse team is key

Surrounding yourself with people who have a range of different skills and competencies is key to being a successful CEO. You don’t want a team who just agrees with you and never puts forward their own ideas or suggests, or you’ll never expand your perspective. Learning how to see things from other points of view is vital to success. You’re also demonstrating the value of diversity to your team as well, which is always an important message to get across.

Establish a positive company culture

A CEO can’t be successful without empowering their staff to be successful as well. By fostering an environment that is encouraging, nurturing and healthy, you’ll have everyone in your company working their hardest. A positive culture is essential for success, in the long and short term.

Mastering relationships at every level

A CEO needs to know how to cultivate positive relationships, and not just within their own team. Top CEO’s foster relationships in all directions of an organisation, and learn how to influence and master them for greater success.

Open and honest communication is fundamental

Your team cannot be at their most efficient or productive if they don’t understand what they’re supposed to be doing, or what their end goal is. A CEO cannot be a great leader if they don’t understand and practice concise, clear and consistent communication.

Do what’s right, even if it’s not the easy option

CEO’s must be accountable. You’re the leader, so it’s up to you to take ownership and responsibility when necessary. Every choice you make must be for the good of the company, even when facing difficult situations and decisions.

Be flexible and ready to adapt to change

A CEO who refuses to accept new ways of doing things is doing themselves and their company a real disservice in this world of rapidly-changing technology. Businesses who don’t embrace change will be left in the dust, so having a CEO who is flexible and ready to adapt at a moment’s notice is vital to success in this day and age.

Never lose your desire to learn

A great CEO understands that they will never know everything, but doesn’t let that dampen their curiosity. Never stop asking questions or seeking out answers so that you can continue expanding your knowledge. Successful CEOs are those who stay inquisitive and foster a love of learning within their team as well.

A CEO has a wide variety of responsibilities, which means they must be knowledgable in a range of areas and skills. A successful CEO is more than just ‘the boss’; they must have the right attitude and do the above things to ensure not only their own success but the success of the company and all those within it.

For further reading on the importance of learning as a leader, check out my blog Why Learning is Critical to Great Leadership, and find out how a negative company culture can affect your business in the blog Weak Company Culture is Behind the Decline in Employee Loyalty.

Looking at stepping up in your career or business, learn more about my Courageous Leadership Course and Program! 

Sonia’s Books – Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It! Grab them HERE. 

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 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 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.

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

 

 

 

courageous leader

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

coach leadership

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 their team members, and being a great leader means identifying and taking advantage of these moments to help improve your employees’ performance and the culture of the company as a whole.

I’ve put together a list of 7 ways to coach others, and while some may seem a little obvious, they are fundamentals that we should always be working on if we want to be the best leaders we can be.

1.    Never underestimate the power of positivity

You all know how big a believer I am of the power of positivity! When you’re someone who’s truly dedicated to leading and supporting others to bring out their best, you radiate positivity and sincerity.

Coach leadership often involves giving feedback, and we’re all much more receptive when feedback is coming from a positive place rather than a negative one!

Positivity is also infectious, so you’ll be brightening up the whole workplace too! Read more here around having a great mindset.

2. Develop real relationships and build trust

Just because you’re the leader doesn’t mean your team automatically trusts you. Trust is something that must be earned, and the best way to do this is by treating your team as more than just numbers – get to know each person individually, and find out their goals and motivators.

By showing a genuine interest in your team as people, you’re demonstrating that you’re a leader who’s focused on others, not just themselves. This will build your teams’ trust in you and allow you all to work together much more effectively.

3. Use SMART goal setting

The SMART goal setting technique is fantastic. It’s one of my favourite coach leadership performance tools, and I recommend any leader worth their salt use it regularly.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based, all of which are pretty self-explanatory. Giving your goals a clear structure and breaking them down into smaller and more achievable goals ensures a higher chance of success – introduce it to your team if you haven’t already, and see the difference it makes!

4. Give (and ask for) feedback

Regular feedback helps keep everyone on track and identifies issues before they turn into bigger problems, as well as providing motivation and encouragement. You’ll also identify any knowledge gaps or training that’s required, and find out if there are any other resources your team feels they may need to better achieve the results you’re after.

It’s important to remember that great leaders don’t just give constructive and helpful feedback, they ask for it as well. How can you improve and get better if you aren’t getting anyone else’s point of view?

5. Use open-ended, not closed, questions

While you can’t always avoid the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions, you need to make sure the bulk of your questioning is made up of open-ended questions so that you can encourage others to share their feelings and thoughts in more detail. You’ll be able to identify what needs improving, as well as current attitudes and whether everyone understands what needs to be done.

6. Promote transparency

Transparency is another way to build trust and foster open communication, and to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Transparency helps form and maintain relationships, and encourages consistency. By being open about your own journey, you’re showing your team that you are relatable and not infalable – dismantling the ‘leaders must be perfect and never wrong’ stereotype is vital to building positive employee relationships. Demonstrating openness encourages those around you to do the same and allows you to lead by example, which is a much more effective way to lead than the old ‘do as I say, not as I do’ way of thinking.

7. Use motivation to drive performance and improve results

Find out what drives your team, both as a whole and individually, and you’ll know how to inspire them to perform better and achieve greater results. For example, some team members may be motivated by being given more responsibility, so you might increase the scope of their role to allow them to explore how they fare with the added commitment and demonstrate the trust you have in their abilities. Feeling valued and appreciated inspires your team members to work harder, to repay the trust you’ve put in them.

These 7 ways to coach others will help improve your leadership by allowing you to build stronger workplace relationships and foster the trust, communication and openness necessary for you and your team to be successful.

Looking at stepping up in your career or business, learn more about my Courageous Leadership Course and Program! 

Sonia’s Books – Leadership Attitude and Jus Rock It! Grab them HERE. 

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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 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 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.

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

 

Courageous Ways of Letting Go

8 Courageous Ways of Letting Go

You are changing.  We are all changing. The world around you is changing.  Just because something was right for you in the past doesn’t mean it still is.  This could be a relationship, a job, a home, a habit, etc. It takes a lot of courage to change and essentially let go of things that don’t serve you anymore.

It happens to you slowly as you grow.  The more self-aware and reflected you are, the more you realise there are deliberate changes you need to make to keep up with the changes happening around you and within you. This can be uncomfortable. I always say leadership is about being uncomfortable.

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
– Oprah Winfrey

The lifestyle you’ve been living no longer fits.  There are people and habits you’ve known forever no longer align with your values.  You cherish all the memories, however you find yourself needing to let go and move on.

If you’re currently dealing with this journey you may feel a bit awkward, and that’s really OK.  This feeling is totally normal. I’ve been right there with you on more occasions than I can count.

Also sign up to my Sunday Sessions and Blogs where each week you will get the greatest articles, blogs and news straight to your inbox every SUNDAY! What a great way to start the week.

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”
– Raymond Lindquist

Here are 8 Courageous Reasons to Let Go and Move On

  1. Someone’s negativity is rubbing off on you.– Did you know you are the average of the people you spend the most time with?  In other words, who you spend your time with has a great impact on the person you are and the person you become.  If you are around negative people or people pulling you down all the time, you will become negative. Something to think about. Let these people go. Get people out of your rowboat who are putting holes in your rowboat. This takes courage.
  2. You have grown apart from someone you care about.– As we grow we find that sometimes the journey takes us down a path where others don’t want to follow. Sad but true, no matter what you do or how much you explain yourself, some people will gradually evolve away from your core values and that new growth.
  3. You are truly unhappy with your current circumstances.– It’s always better to be struggling at something you love than succeeding diligently at something you don’t like or you struggle with. I will share an example below of how this happened to me. It takes a lot of courage to let it go.
  4. Your goals and needs have changed.– What was right for you then is not necessarily right for you now.  Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather realising that you have changed, and then learning to start over with your new truth. It takes courage to focus on your goals, needs and value yourself.
  5. Fear is holding you back big time.– Part of Courageous letting go and moving on is facing the fears and disappointments of the past that are binding your spirit. Don’t let the illusion of fear control your life and leadership.
  6. You find yourself living in the past.– If all you do is attempt to relive something that has already happened, you’re missing out.  The mental space you create by letting go of things that are already behind you gives you the ability to fill the space with something fresh and new.
  7. An old grudge is still hurting you.– Holding on to the weight of anger, and resentment will not only hold you back, but also block your present blessings and opportunities.  You’ve just got to drop some things to move forward. This takes courage however letting old grudges go is deliberating. Over 14 years, my ex-husband abandoned my daughter and I in China. At the time it sucked (really sucked!) however I used the fire (and anger, hurt, sadness etc.) in my belly to get out there and create a new life for her and I. To this day I don’t hold a grudge and now I am grateful it happened, as I wouldn’t be where I am today. They say the greatest revenge is success (not that I was seeking revenge).
  8. You aren’t learning anything new.– Leadership and learning are indispensable of each other. All positive change is the end result of learning.  Jack Nicholson once said, the day you stop learning, you are dead.

One Small Example of Letting Go

Several months ago I was struggling with the vision and mission of my company LeadershipHQ. I had built over ten years ago from a blog and as much as it is successful, something was missing. The company had great impact around the world and it was making a difference in the world of leadership however the strategy wasn’t working. I was lost and confused. So I worked harder and harder and it didn’t work. I met these two women who said I needed to let go if what I thought LeadershipHQ should be and work on a new strategy and vision. They said I want you to focus on your brand, Sonia McDonald. With tears in my eyes I said I couldn’t let it go and focus on me. It was more challenging than I thought it would be.

They worked with me for weeks and months on creating a new strategy, brand, website, programs, events, workshops and so forth that was more aligned to my values, story and purpose. I still struggled on letting my company go. Then I met someone else who is very successful in my space for a coffee. He asked me where I was at with LeadershipHQ and I told him my story. He smiled and said – YES! I was confused. He said – Sonia, I have been watching your journey for years and you need to be the Simon Sinek of Leadership. I replied – I can’t, I am not Simon Sinek. He said – do you think Simon Sinek thought he was Simon Sinek? You have got this. He was right. I had to let go of LeadershipHQ to become the Sonia McDonald of Leadership. Now I have a wonderful direction and purpose that I love. And stay tuned for a completely new and exciting LeadershipHQ with a new vision, mission and purpose! I hadn’t let go of it entirely however I had to let it go to find it’s new spirit and purpose.

If you want to start becoming a more courageous leader, learn more about my Courageous Leadership Course and Program! 

Sonia’s Books – Leadership Attitude and Jus Rock It! Grab them HERE. 

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 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.

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

 

 

courage value

Courage is Valuing Yourself

Valuing those around you – appreciating the things they do for you, the things they say, who they are as a person – is often much easier than valuing yourself. Many of us struggle to appreciate the things that make us great, and the things we have, for fear of coming across as too cocky, or as if we’re bragging. It’s time to stop worrying about what others think of us for valuing ourselves; it’s time to have the courage to value yourself.

When I mention bravery, you’re probably thinking of heroic deeds like running into a burning building to save someone, or rescuing someone from drowning. However, courage isn’t just big acts – even something small like saying “no” to your boss when they ask you to add too much extra to your workload is an act of bravery. Valuing yourself enough to look after your best interests is the kind of courage I want to help everyone have!

Here are some common scenarios where having the courage to value yourself will lead to a better outcome for you:

  • Staying in a job or career you dislike, purely for the money.
  • Keeping relationships (romantic or friendly) even though they are negative and giving you nothing back, only taking.
  • Worrying more about being a people-pleaser and saying “yes” to everything, no matter how overwhelmed you get.
  • Comparing your life to others.

Settling for less than you deserve in any circumstance will leave you unfulfilled and unable to reach your full potential. Stop wondering if there’s something better – you’ll never know if you don’t take that leap!

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”
― C.G. Jung

Taking the first step is hard, but as I’ve written about in my blogs 7 Ways to Overcome Fear and The Brain and Overcoming Fear, the most effective way to get over your fear – whether it’s of saying “no”, or of being alone (which is why you prefer bad company over none) – is just doing it. The more you do something, the less intimidating it becomes. I wish I had an easier answer for you, but that old saying is true! Nothing worth having comes easy!

Take a look in the mirror and find the courage to tell yourself these things:

  • I deserve to be happy.
  • I deserve the best.
  • I am a valuable part of many peoples’ lives.
  • I have so much to offer.
  • I am me. Nobody else is me, so why compare myself to others?

I love mantras, and repeating the ones above as often as you can will help you start to see your value. The more you repeat them, the more you believe them – and you’ll find the courage that comes from valuing yourself will flow. True courage is knowing your own value, believing in it, and showing others that you know your value as well. Those who can admit when they can’t take on any more work, need to step back from a toxic relationship, or that something else just isn’t working for them, are the ones who earn the most respect – and they’re much happier, too! What do you value about yourself? I’d love to hear!

If you want to start becoming a more courageous leader, learn more about my Courageous Leadership Course and Program! 

Also sign up to my Sunday Sessions where each week you will get the greatest articles, blogs and news straight to your inbox every SUNDAY! What a great way to start the week.

Sonia’s Books – Leadership Attitude and Jus Rock It! Grab them HERE. 

 

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 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.

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

courageous leadership

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 Mindset). Coaching clients to reach their potential and become the best leader possible and make an impact is my mission. Therefore I’m so excited to tell you all about my new Courageous Leadership Program and Course that starts next month!

The world needs more brave leaders, and I want to help you unleash your courageous leadership, find your tribe and take your place at the leadership table. This post will go over the different study options and let you know exactly what this 20-week online program starting on July 15th will do to help your professional development!

I want to bring my message of courageous, kind and authentic leadership directly to you, as well as other leaders around the world who want to take the next step and become even greater leaders who truly make a difference to those around them. I designed this program for team leaders, emerging leaders, and other professionals who want to lead for the greater good. I know important flexibility is, which is why I’m offering both self-paced and group learning options, as well as coaching calls at convenient times that are also recorded – so you can play them back at a time that suits you best.

You’ll complete a learning module each week, and each module consists of one lesson that will help you improve your leadership and unlock the courageous leader you have inside of you!

Any industry benefits from courageous leadership, so whether you’re in HR, small business, childcare, mining, construction, health management, service or retail, you’re the perfect candidate for this incredible program. I made sure to design the content to be applicable to as many different industries as possible because I want to reach as many people as I can!

My Courageous Leadership Program is perfect for:

  • Current team leaders who want to improve, inspire their teams and deliver excellent outcomes.
  • Anyone wanting to move up the corporate ladder and get promoted.
  • Any managers who struggle with the overwhelm and stress of managing staff.
  • Small business owners who want to learn how to be better leaders and lead their team to great achievements.
  • Those who want to learn more about themselves, how to lead with courage and kindness and make an impact in their company and beyond!

I can’t wait to share this program with all of you. Courageous Leadership is something I’m extremely passionate about (in case you couldn’t tell!) and I’ve put my heart and soul into making this program as comprehensive and beneficial as possible for you.

For a rundown of each week’s modules and what you’ll be learning, as well as more information and how to enrol, click here!

About the Facilitator

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 HR. She has held leadership positions worldwide and through experience, research and study come to realise 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 recognizsd 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 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.

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 humour 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