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Sonia McDonald        

CEO & Founder of LeadershipHQ, Executive Coach, Advisor & Author

When Sonia McDonald speaks, she speaks from the heart, and everyone in the audience feels like she is having a conversation with them as though they are the only one in the room. She is an impactful and motivational leadership expert and speaker that creates a life-changing experience. People call McDonald inspirational, authentic and a speaker who leaves a lasting impression. Her high-energy, relatability and humour combined with actionable and practical advice, empowers her audience and provides them with the drive and confidence to take courageous actions and inspire great leadership in all aspects of their lives.

She is also a renowned and award-winning author, having written several of her own books, "Leadership Attitude", "Just Rock It!" and "First Comes Courage" as well as being a regular contributor in The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. She was named as one of the Top 250 Influential Women in the world as well as Top 100 Australian Entrepreneurs by Richtopia.

Through her leadership advisory and coaching work at LeadershipHQ, and founding the Outstanding Leadership Awards, McDonald is internationally recognised as an expert in leadership and culture, organisational development, neuroscience, kindness, and courage.

She is also a full-time single parent and has a passion for women in business. McDonald travels and speaks across Australia and Globe, and she is on a mission to build a world of great leaders and leadership.

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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.

Step In, Step Up, Stand Up & Lead

If you are like most women, you will love this keynote. Sonia will empower and inspire you as a woman to gain the courage and confidence you need to stand up and lead. You’ll learn how to identify your power, navigate through challenging conversations, and lead with impact. After attending this keynote, you’ll be inspired to take action, step into your courage, and lead confidently.

Building A Brilliant Team

Want to learn how to build great, high-performance, cohesive, and brilliant teams? In Sonia’s productive, engaging, and motivating keynote, you’ll understand the why, how, and what to keep your workforce engaged and motivated. You’ll also discover how to get things done in today’s fast-paced virtual, remote workplace world with intergenerational complexities and challenges.

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