Sonia Mcdonald

Sonia McDonald

Sonia McDonald
Brisbane, Australia

Sonia McDonald, as CEO of LeadershipHQ, brings an extensive knowledge of human resources, organisational development and leadership through a career spanning over twenty years.

She is a thought leader, coach, consultant, speaker and trainer in the field of leadership development, gender intelligence and strategy.  She is an expert in building leadership and strategy confidence and capability in Australia and is renowned for her innovative approach to leadership, organisational development and neuroscience as it applies to leadership.

She has held senior roles in organisational development, learning and development, strategic recruitment and talent management fields.  She has worked in a range of industries including retail, education, construction and engineering in both the private and public sectors across Australia and internationally.

Her focus is on delivering customised interventions and programs to ensure her clients’ unique business and people requirements are met.  She is a talented, innovative, high energy and passionate leadership and organisational development consultant dedicated to delivering exceptional outcomes.

“What I love most about my work is knowing that I have had a positive impact not only on the viability of the business I am helping, but also on the wellbeing and engagement of their people.”  

Sonia has helped clients to successfully complete multi-million dollar projects by improving the effectiveness of their leaders.  Her client list includes Trackstar/Thiess, Aurizon, Ostwald Brothers, Thiess Services, CS Energy, Lend Lease, Gary Deane Constructions, Terex, Downer EDI and Seymour Whyte & Coffey.

In addition to many certifications, Sonia holds a Bachelor of Business HRM/Psychology and a Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership.  She is deeply interested in the way the brain affects human behaviour, particularly in the leadership role, which led her to focus on the neuroscience of leadership as her key area of interest.

Sonia is the Brisbane Diversity and Inclusion AHRI Convenor, and manages the Leadership Excellence Group in Brisbane as well as the LeadershipHQ and EmpowHER Groups on LinkedIn.

Call Sonia if you need help with

Leadership and Talent Strategy Development and Implementation
Organisational Development and Excellence
Leadership Coaching and Team Excellence
Culture Building – improving engagement
Facilitation and Delivery of learning
Talent Management Strategies
Gender Diversity and Inclusion

Her diverse background and expertise makes Sonia an excellent partner for any organisation which  wants reach the full potential of the business by achieving the full potential of its people.

Contact Sonia

1300 719 665
sonia [at]


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