Sonia McDonald

Inspiring your inner greatness and leadership.


Inspiring and motivating others is Sonia’s calling. Life-changing, motivational, incredible, extraordinary and all things courage and leadership are the words her audience and clients call her. She will leave your audience feeling truly inspired and transformed.

Sonia has been delivering keynotes and presentations around the world for over a decade delivering more than just inspiration and motivation, Sonia empowers her audience to be bold and courageous in their life and leadership. 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. Transforming them into the great leaders they have always wanted to be. Remember leadership isn’t a title, it is an attitude, choice and mindset.

Sonia McDonald is a courageous leader. A cutting-edge entrepreneur. A high-performing businesswoman and seasoned professional. A caring mother. An impactful speaker. All with an action bias.

Following a forced lifestyle change in 2006, founder Sonia McDonald joined the consulting world and discovered her purpose in inspiring people to learn and grow. With a flair for leadership and strong writing talents, Sonia started the LeadershipHQ blog in 2007. It quickly became a must-read for leaders looking for a more people-centered way of leading.

Current Work:

With a growing following and the desire to make an even greater impact, Sonia established the LeadershipHQ consulting business in 2008 and then McDonald Inc. in 2019. Since then, she has helped thousands of leaders through her advisory work, keynotes, coaching, workshops and presentations across the Globe.
Sonia believes we should lead with kindness and courage, from the heart, doing rather than telling. She is known for her mantra ‘just lead’.

She leads by example. But not content with words alone, Sonia inspires action, helping individuals and organisations grow through one-on-one practical coaching, keynotes, workshops and advisory services.

Sonia has helped thousands of good leaders become great leaders; progressing their leadership journey to become the best version of themselves and in turn, inspire others to join them.

For more than 25 years, Sonia has been on the front lines of Human Resources, Leadership and People and Culture. She has held leadership positions worldwide. Through experience, research and study, Sonia has come to realise what it takes to be a truly courageous leader.

Sonia speaks bravely and authentically about her own development as a leader, her personal journey and career challenges. It is this relatable, heart-warming and humorous approach that resonates with her audience and has seen her become an in-demand keynote speaker with a timely message of courageous, kind leadership.

Putting people at ease, Sonia starts important conversations and inspires courageous action in people around the world. She is an award-winning author of Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It! and writes regularly for publications such as The Australian, HRD Magazine, Smart Healthy Women and Women’s Business Media. Her next book First Comes Courage is now launched!


Talking Points
Leadership is an Attitude
Just Rock It!
Kindness is Giving Main Character Vibes
New Kind of Leadership
First Comes Courage
Workshop: Building High Performance Teams
The Value of Values
Impact of Great Leadership
Courage is Your Compass
Building a Brilliant Team
Creating a Culture that Rocks
Step In, Step Up, Stand Up & Lead
Leading Gen Z with Greatness
Guilt, Juggle, Motherhood and Courage
Great Leadership is Not What You Think
Neuroscience of the Leadership Mindset
Creating Courageous Future Generations
Calling our Future Generations
Courageous Followers are our Call to action
One BIG Leadership Idea
Trust, Stuff Up's and Psychological Safety