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Key Points for Sonia McDonald

  • Sonia McDonald is the CEO, founder and lead facilitator of LeadershipHQ. She is internationally recognised as an expert in leadership and culture, organisational development, neuroscience, kindness, and courage.
  • She is an award-winning leadership author who has written 3 leadership books: Leadership is an Attitude, Just Rock It! And First Comes Courage.
  • Known as a Top Voice on LinkedIn, starting important conversations, Sonia was also named in the Top 100 Entrepreneurs in Australia and Top 250 Influential Women across the Globe by Richtopia.
  • Sonia has been an in-demand keynote speaker for more than a decade. Her mission is to make a life-long impact on others, helping them understand their true potential and giving them the skills, courage, knowledge and encouragement to reach it.

Topics for Sonia McDonald

  • Leadership is an attitude
    Based on Sonia’s cutting-edge book Leadership Attitude, which explores how you can be a leader through your attitude, values, actions, mindset and behaviour. This keynote has been transformational for thousands of leaders worldwide, leaving the audience inspired to be the leader they want to be.
  • Just rock it!
    A high-energy and inspiring keynote based on Sonia’s second book, Just Rock It!. Discover how to embrace fear to lead with confidence, courage and conviction. Sonia empowers her audience to shine and stand tall and be the impact they want to be. It has become a life-changer for many people.
  • First comes courage
    Many leaders often wish they had more courage. This keynote is impactful and highly motivating based on Sonia’s book and explores the Courage Compass around Self, Kindness, Impact, Purpose and Resilience. Sonia will take your audience through the virtues and keys to courageous leadership.
  • Neuroscience of the leadership mindset
    How would it feel to have a powerful Leadership Mindset? Sonia will take you on a fun, practical journey and give you the research and knowledge to lead with the brain in mind.
  • New kind of leadership
    Sonia will take you on a journey of discovery around the new kind of leadership needed today and the ROI of embedding kindness into your leadership. You will learn how to lead with warmth, kindness and empathy whilst keeping truly strong and brave as a leader.

Testimonials for Sonia McDonald

What An Event It Was - The Energy, The Passion In The Room Was Palpable. Our Attendees Described The Event As “Inspiring, Extraordinary, Energetic, Positive, Motivational And Incredible Speaker.

Sonia spoke at our company's annual International Women's Day event 2022 and all our team and our guests absolutely loved her presentation. We have received feedback from many people that Sonia was inspiring and created a great positive energy in the room. Sonia really understood our company's core values and tailored the presentation to our needs. This has been one of the best industry events we have hosted and having Sonia as a speaker definitely played a role in this success.
Wolter Consulting Group

Sonia is an outstanding motivational speaker who inspires her audience to be inclusive and balanced leaders and you always leave wanting to hear more. Thankfully she also has wonderful books to support your journey to not only outstanding leadership, but courage and growth.
Queensland Department of Education

We engaged Sonia as a presenter for a career development seminar. We found her style professional, engaging and warm and feedback from our team was incredibly positive. Thanks Sonia, we look forward to having you back again!
Hall Chadwick

Sonia is enthusiastic speaker who can communicate complex concepts in an entertaining and engaging manner.  Her depth of knowledge and understanding of leadership is exemplified in the detail she goes into in her presentation.  She’s committed to delivering the goods, honing her message to the group to ensure relevance and engagement. There’s no fluff, just substance with Sonia and she’ll give you skills to take home, tell others and start using immediately to better you, your company and everyone around you.
CEO & Founder

Sonia facilitated the Women In Mantra leadership workshop for us on International Women’s Day. Her passion and energy left our Team Members feeling inspired to achieve leadership roles at Mantra Group, and they have already set up local networking groups and put measurable goals in place.
Internal Communications Manager

I am so grateful to Sonia for the learning I have had from her Leadership HQ sessions. The sessions have created influential results in my leadership, and I am more confident in my style and approach to leading. I shared my vision with Sonia and she has coached me on how to successfully execute that vision. After working with Sonia over the past 4 months, my leadership skills have grown tremendously. I am more confident, knowledgeable and passionate about everything I do. I now look forward to what my future will bring.
Rachell Taylor

Over the past 4 years (2011-2015) I have used LeadershipHQ for strategy development and executive coaching.   In 2011 and 2015 Sonia facilitated our 3yr strategic planning meetings with the Genie Australia leadership team.   At the offsite meetings we developed our vision and key strategies to achieve that vision and also did sessions on team building and individual strength identification using Strengthsfinder 2.0.  Both meetings were extremely successful and we have seen significant improvements in our key metrics like customer and team member net promotor scores.   Over the past 3 years Sonia has also provided one on one leadership coaching using the Extraordinary Leader Development Guide by Zenger Folkman.   This program has proven invaluable for myself and my leadership team and I can highly recommend to any organization wanting to develop their leadership team.
General Manager

I have had the pleasure of working with Sonia McDonald both as a strategic HR professional and a member of the AHRI Queensland State Council. Sonia is one of the most committed, talented and well respected colleagues in the HR profession in Queensland. She is extremely passionate about her work and her positive attitude, passion, incredible energy and knowledge ensures the highest quality outcomes expected by clients is achieved. Sonia continues to demonstrate an exceptional level of expertise in the areas of leadership, coaching, neuroscience and diversity. She stands out as someone who is innovative in her approach and is a sought-after conference speaker in Australia. Sonia continues to deliver impressive outcomes as a HR leader and I would highly recommend her as she stands out in any professional situation that distinguishes her from other colleagues.
HR Architect

We engaged Sonia to assist us with a leadership development program targeted at a selection of our Female leaders in the business. Sonia was engaging, real and practical in both her stories and facilitation.
General Manager
People Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd

I was impressed by Sonia's engaging, entertaining and relevant content that she delivered in an enthusiastic and energetic manner. Sonia was so motivating and encouraging, and I left the room feeling like I really could accomplish anything that I set my mind to. One huge thing that resonated with me was how real Sonia was, as she explained that we are all vulnerable and never perfect, but should chase our dreams any way because we don't know the answer unless we ask. I was then lucky enough to attend a workshop with Sonia, an again she lifted the room as she encouraged discussion about diversity, confidence, women empowerment and leadership. I believe that Sonia has the potential to influence leaders at every stage of their journey, and as I progress through my professional career I always find that Sonia has unique content to help me along my personal development as a leader in my field.
Griffith University