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Sonia McDonald        

CEO & Founder of LeadershipHQ, Executive Coach & Author of "Just Rock It"

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.

Speech Topics


Leadership Attitude

This is a powerful keynote which explores why leadership is an attitude, not a role or a title. Discover the five keys to a leadership attitude and learn how you can be a leader through your values, actions, mindset, and behavior.

Just Rock It!

This high-energy inspiring keynote has become a life-changer for many attendees. We need a world of courageous and brave people where everyone feels empowered to shine and stand tall and help make others reach for the stars.

Leadership in Small Business

The number one challenge for small business is leadership. Many small business owners fail to understand their crucial leadership role in building a long-term sustainable business. This keynote will empower you and give you the skills, tools, and confidence to lead and manage your business.

Leading the Next Generations

Effectively leading and inspiring our next generations is a key to success for our organizations and businesses. Research shows our young and up and coming workforces are more technically savvy, have a global mindset, want to build sustainable communities and crave quality mentorship.

Courageous Leadership

What does it mean to be a courageous leader? How do you build a team who have trust in you and are in turn brave and resilient? Explore the philosophy behind courageous leadership and in turn, dare to step into your own power as a leader.

Future Leaders of Leadership

Designed for school and tertiary students to become the best versions of themselves and learn the skills needed to become leaders. Whether they aspire to become a school captain, lead at chess, sporting team or student union, students will discover valuable insights into themselves and leadership skills to carry through life.

New Kindness of Leadership

Our world is fast changing, and so also is leadership. This keynote is centered on creating leaders who know that kindness and courage are required to lead our new world. When you think of leaders today, a ton of people probably come to mind, however, when you dig further into successful leadership in our world today, the scope becomes narrow- er. This keynote answers why and what it takes to be a new kind of leader today.

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