Sonia McDonald is the CEO and founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc. Sonia is a in demand keynote speaker, leadership coach and advisor, author and facilitator.
She believes we should lead with kindness and courage, 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. Also she and her team have worked and partnered with a number of businesses and companies for over a decade build great leadership teams and cultures.
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 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 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. Sonia has become recognised for her commentary around the topic of leadership, championing the up and coming leaders of tomorrow, advocating for women in business as well as building leaders in small business.
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Don't Give a Crap - Podcast 2018.09
Welcome to Sonia's Just Rock It Podcast! She shares in her latest podcast Don't Give a Crap.
Have I got your attention? Yes? Good.
If 90 perc ent of everything is crap, then let’s focus on the other
10 per cent, or basically, the things you actually give a crap about.
As you may already know, I have published a book entitled Leadership
Attitude. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and
also one of the most challenging.
As a leadership expert, you might think that writing a book about
leadership would have been a snap for me. Well, it could have been—
except that I got inside my own head and made it way tougher than
it should have been. After I published my book, can you guess the one question I was invariably asked? All. The. Time? I decided not to give a crap what people thought and it changed my world.
Thank you for listening and find out more about Sonia McDonald, her book JUST ROCK IT!, coaching, programs and keynote speaking at soniamcdonald.com.au/
Tribe Matters - Podcast 2018.08
Welcome to Sonia's Just Rock It Podcast! She shares in her latest podcast why your Tribe Matters.
“Don’t waste your time being what someone wants you to become, in order to feed their list of rules, boundaries and insecurities. Find your tribe. They will allow you to be you, while you dance in the rain.”
— Shannon L. Alder
Seth Godin’s book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, is a great reminder
that we all need a tribe. Human beings have gathered in tribes for
millions of years—so this is nothing new, is it?
We were born to connect with others. In fact, all of us are social
connection machines. What is crucial—absolutely crucial—for all of
us to know is that who we choose to spend time with really matters.
It really does.
Thank you for listening and find out more about Sonia McDonald, her book JUST ROCK IT!, coaching, programs and keynote speaking at https://soniamcdonald.com.au/
Perception is Reality 2018.07
Join me today when I share with you my thoughts on perception and reality. Not everything you see or read is real. Remember YOU Rock!
Confidence Rocks - Podcast 2017.06
CONFIDENCE ROCKS (IF YOU AREN’T CONFIDENT, FAKE
IT. YOU WILL BECOME IT.)
When I was younger, I spent all of my time studying—to the degree that I’d tell friends I couldn’t hang out with them and chose studying over other social activities.
Looking back on my school years, I now realise that I consistently confused competence with confidence. I thought that if I spent all my time studying, my knowledge would automatically create a new, confident me.
Unfortunately, I was probably the hardest-working student in the school, yet still didn’t feel confident.
How unfair, right?
Have you ever envisioned going back in time and having a discussion with your younger self? In addition to telling my seventeen-year-old self, “You really, really should rethink that terrible haircut,” do you know what other advice I’d give?
I’d say, “Sonia, just fake it. Fake confidence.”
It took me a long, long time to discover this, but faking confidence works, and believe it or not, numerous studies have proven this very fact.
For example, standing taller makes you appear more self-assured. Dressing professionally for a promotion helps you get the job. Simply smiling makes you happier.
Harvard business professor Amy Cuddy studies that exact phenomena. She investigates how people judge and influence others and themselves, and also why certain people have the confidence to take more risks, thereby landing them more business deals and job offers.
Cuddy was a university student when she suffered severe head trauma as a result of a bad traffic accident. Her IQ temporarily fell two standard deviations and she had to relearn skills she’d lost.
One of her professors knew she struggled after returning to school (a year later than her cohort of classmates) and urged her to fake feeling confident until she actually felt like she was. And it worked. Now she’s a bestselling author, Harvard University professor, and is considered a leading authority on business management and social psychology.
Now, I want you to take a second to envision one person you know who exudes confidence. It could be a co-worker, a political figure, even a teacher in your child’s school.
Guess what? The charismatic person you may be envisioning right now most definitely wasn’t born knowing how to charm a crowd. I’d venture to say that he or she had to hone and cultivate that component of his or her character, just like Amy Cuddy had to do.
Just like I did. Just like you are going to do.
Remember, confidence is a choice. Unfortunately, it’s something rarely taught in school—but think of the impact a simple class called “Fake it Till You’re a Success” could have benefited you in your career! I’d venture to say it would have paid dividends for your future.
(By the way, have you ever noticed that some of those really import- ant life lessons are never taught in school? I sure would have been more than okay with less calculus and more leadership training!)
Anyway, here are your first steps toward building your self-confidence:
1. Look in the mirror every day and tell yourself, “I am confident. I am smart. I am a success.”
2. Then just rock it! You are capable of so much more than you really know, so start believing in yourself.
Make a list of things you can do or say to yourself to build your ownconfidence:
Celebrate the Small Successes Podcast 2017.05
Welcome to Just Rock It Podcast! Podcast No 5 talks about Celebrate the Small Successes. Based on my latest book Just Rock It; it is important to stop and reflect on your successes no matter how small or big.
Set Yourself Up For Success - Podcast 2017.04
This is a MUST listen to Podcast around Success and what it means to you? Let's talk about Success, look at your Values and set some Goals! Will you do this with me and let me know what your goals are? I would love to know what success means to you and what you are going to do about it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.soniamcdonald.com.au