The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-07-13T00:02:50Z The Courage Conference 2021 is bringing to the world the courage it needs right now 2021-07-13T00:02:50Z the-courage-conference-2021-is-bringing-to-the-world-the-courage-it-needs-right-now Headline: The Courage Conference 2021 is bringing to the world the courage it needs right now Female Founder Sonia McDonald is driving the need for change in our Leadership with Christine Holgate as the keynote speaker   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday 13th 2021   The Courage Conference 2021 is coming to the Sofitel Hotel Brisbane on 6th October 2021 and is being brought to the world by LeadershipHQ and the Outstanding Leadership Awards. The incredible Christine Holgate is our KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the conference, together with an incredible line up of courageous guest speakers, including explorer Dr Gareth Andrews who was recently in The Australian Magazine, Fiona de Jong former CEO AOC, Mark Richardson, Olympic champion Bella Zanesco – with more to be announced.   We know today that people around Australia and the globe want leaders who will lead with courage and kindness. They need to see and hear stories of courage and inspiration to help them navigate the challenging times we are facing today. Look at how we all responded to Christine Holgate in the media and her courage and recently Ash Barty and her amazing leadership and courage at Wimbledon.  This is why the team at LeadershipHQ and their speakers, community and network are championing kind, courageous and inclusive leadership in the Courage Conference and Leadership Awards to create change and impact around the world. Founder and CEO Sonia McDonald quoted recently about the Conference and said, “more so than ever before we need courageous leaders and leadership so our generations of today and tomorrow can be inspired, and they can see there is hope.” The event has impact in more ways than one, with ticket booking fees supporting disadvantaged indigenous students, thanks to a partnership with Humanitix. Indigenous students face many unique challenges that have made education gaps difficult to close. Those in regional, rural and remote communities in particular have to contend with geographic barriers, with only 24% of Indigenous students having access to a school that offers study to Year 12. This project provides scholarships to close the gap for indigenous students. Humanitix is the not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact, putting booking fees toward closing the education gap. Humanitix’s programs include meals for disadvantaged school kids, education programs for girls and scholarships for indigenous students. Tickets are now available from $147 through LeadershipHQ Courage Conference 2021 For interviews or more information, contact – Sonia McDonald at sonia@leadershiphq.com.au Phone 1300 719 665 | +61 424 447 616   Christine Holgate, our amazing Keynote Speaker at Courage Conference 2021 2021-07-08T05:35:40Z christine-holgate-the-keynote-speaker-at-courage-conference-2021 Christine Holgate - Keynote Speaker at Courage Conference 2021 This conference will empower the world to unlock their unique leadership potential through courage which is needed more than ever before   Sonia McDonald CEO & founder of LeadershipHQ knows that the world needs a new way of leading and leadership. We are excited to announce the COURAGE CONFERENCE 2021 which we will be hosting in Brisbane on 6th October this year! This conference is brought to you by the Outstanding Leadership Awards. The AMAZING Christine Holgate is our KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the Courage Conference 2021, together with an incredible line up of courageous guest speakers, including explorer Dr Gareth Andrews who was recently in The Australian Magazine, Fiona de Jong former CEO AOC, Mark Richardson, Bella Zanesco - and more! The Courage Conference 2021 will empower you to unlock your unique leadership potential through courage. You have the opportunity to empower yourself by stepping up to a new level of leadership that will make a difference for generations to come. Sonia McDonald says that through many years’ experience living and breathing the leadership space, we have noticed that generations of today and tomorrow see leadership merely as a role or title. However, leadership is an attitude, choice and mindset. It is also an action. In turn, the examples of leaders and leadership that we hear about and see today are far from inspirational and they are not contributing to a future legacy. Leadership that is focused on kindness, courage and inclusiveness is needed more than ever before for our generations of today and tomorrow. This is why we have launched the Global Outstanding Leadership Awards and the Courage Conference 2021 – to champion the greatest leaders and leadership that will inspire us all to be the change we want to see. The Outstanding Leadership Awards is in its second year gaining international recognition for celebrating the enormous contributions of 5-star leaders. We also welcome CQUniversity Australia, Kay by Design and Specialists in Communications as partners of the Awards. LeadershipHQ founder and CEO, Sonia McDonald said that “the importance of people-first leadership can no longer be ignored. As we move into a new decade, we are taking with us a legacy of change—and a legacy of showing that ‘when we lift others, we all rise’. Leadership HQ continues to be at the forefront of that change. The Outstanding Leadership Awards are the embodiment of a dream that commenced more than 20 years ago, and I’m honoured to have so many organisations support my vision.” Leaders do not exist in a vacuum. They express their leadership capacity flowing from a set of prevailing sectors, circumstances, cultural influences, backgrounds, and enabling environments. You have the opportunity to nominate in one of the following categories:   ·      CEO — Large Corporation ·      CEO — Medium Corporation ·      Courageous Team— Corporate ·      Courageous Team— Community ·      Courageous Team— Public Sector ·      Courageous Leader of the Year ·      Team Leader of the Year ·      Indigenous Leader ·      Future Leader ·      Public Sector Leader ·      Community Leader ·      SME Business Leader ·      Start Up Leader ·      Student Leader ·      Women in Construction ·      Women in STEM ·      Outstanding Leader 2022   For the prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards, the distinguished panel of expert judges boast an array of incredible leaders including David Thodey, Nyunggai, Warren Mundine, Andrew Leakey and a host of other similarly amazing leaders who have set examples of people first, courageous leadership across the globe. If you know a Courageous Leader or Team, then have them recognised for their courageous leadership by nominating them. Nominations will close on 31st January 2022! Take that next step now and nominate yourself or someone else today in the Outstanding Leadership Awards or register now for the Courage Conference 2021. Seats will be truly limited at the Conference, so be the first to book your seats and tables – or you can join us via our Livestream! Join us for networking drinks where you can network with the speakers, team, other courageous leaders and attend Sonia McDonald’s book launch for FIRST COMES COURAGE! Tickets from ONLY $147 and will help support disadvantaged Indigenous students  Find out more about the Courage Conference at https://www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au/eventer/courage-conference/ or the Leadership Awards at https://www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au/ Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 sonia@leadershiphq.com.au     ‘Australian Female Founder Making Waves on Changing the Face of Leadership Across the Globe’ 2021-06-10T22:20:13Z australian-female-founder-making-waves-on-changing-the-face-of-leadership-across-the-globe ‘Australian Female Founder Making Waves on Changing the Face of Leadership Across the Globe’     Sonia McDonald CEO & founder of LeadershipHQ knew that the world needs a new way of leading and leadership. If there is one thing that COVID has shined a light upon is that leaders and organisations who lead with kindness, courage and inclusiveness are the ones who will stand out during this pandemic. This is why she and her team have created the Global Outstanding Leadership Awards to champion this leadership for our generations of today and tomorrow. We are championing the change we want to see.   Leaders who selflessly lead with authenticity, compassion and impact due credit has never been more needful at a time like this. The prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards celebrates the enormous contributions of five-star leaders who serve with courage, kindness, and inclusivity.   An ivy league of brands harnessing their shared vision have spectacularly combined to showcase a befitting recognition of stellar leadership under the auspices of LeadershipHQ. In the wake of an era that has been fraught with disruptive change and challenges, demonstrating the need for, and acknowledgement of courageous, kind, and inclusive leadership should be everyone's cup of tea. The Outstanding Leadership Awards 2022 comes as a timely, well-deserved recognition in this wise.   The second instalment of the internationally acclaimed awards, this platform is primed to reward the exploits of a few distinguished individuals and teams who have demonstrated their ilk in leadership. A swathe of visionary brands featuring Central Queensland University, Kay by Design, McDonald Inc., Specialists in Communications, Veriskills/QTAC and Digital 8 have all lent their voice to the global recognition of a bunch of courageous, inclusive and authentic leaders.   "Nothing quite celebrates the virtue of people-first leadership, and the truth in 'rising by lifting others' more than the Outstanding Leadership Awards. Our motivation for this initiative is to reward leaders that lead with courage, kindness, and deep consideration for diversity and inclusion," said CEO of LeadershipHQ, McDonald Inc., and renowned leadership advisor, Sonia McDonald. "Throughout the corporate world, media, and political space, there is an urgent void that only this kind of positive change in leadership can fill. I'm uber-excited about the prospects of our partners jointly showcasing and creating leaders of today and tomorrow who espouse this type of leadership yet again."   Leaders do not exist in a vacuum. They express their leadership capacity flowing from a set of prevailing sectors, circumstances, cultural influences, backgrounds, and enabling environments. This reality finds expression in the proliferation of categories of leadership to be awarded in this event namely (and in no particular order):   ·      Start-Up Leader ·      Women in Construction Student ·      Student Leader ·      Women In STEM ·      SME Business Leader ·      Community Leader ·      Public Sector Leader ·      Future Leader ·      Indigenous Leader ·      Team Leader of the Year ·      Courageous Leader of the Year ·      Courageous Team – Public Sector ·      CEO- Large ·      CEO- Medium ·      Courageous Team – Community ·      Courageous Team – Corporate   The selected nominees will not just epitomise all the key criteria for their nominated category but demonstrate in all walks that they are leaders par excellence.     For this prestigious event, the distinguished panel of expert judges boast an array of exquisite leaders like David Thodey, Nyunggai Warren Mundine, Andrew Leakey, and a host of other similarly amazing leaders who have made efforts and set examples for the adoption of people-first, courageous leadership across the Globe.   Sonia added "We, along with our partners are being part of the conversation around a movement of positive change across the globe that will set the paradigm for kind, courageous and inclusive leadership. This bodes well for our prospects of having an even better quality of leadership - and leaders - now, and beyond."   If you know a Courageous Leader or Team, then have them recognised for their courageous Leadership by nominating them. Nominations will close on 31st January 2022!   Individuals and organisations interested in partnering with LeadershipHQ on this exciting journey should contact them here: https://www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au/contact/   Find out more about the Awards:   To find out more about the Outstanding Leadership Awards 2022, to support the awards and to nominate a leader, visit https://www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au/awards-2021-2/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 sonia@leadershiphq.com.au     Bravery, Kindness, and Inclusion the focus of new Leadership book — ‘First Comes Courage’ 2021-06-06T21:12:30Z bravery-kindness-and-inclusion-the-focus-of-new-leadership-book-first-comes-courage Bravery, Kindness, and Inclusion the focus of new Leadership book —‘First Comes Courage’   A timely, actionable guide for leaders, teams, organisations, and anyone looking to take on a deep and abiding sense of courage — one that inspires a people-first leadership that drives meaningful impact and organisational success. A plethora of book releases serenades our online and brick-and-mortar bookstores regularly. Once in a very blue moon, there seems to be that one that ticks all the boxes for a resource of incalculable value — career advancement, personal development, and a ‘bull’s-eye’ timing given its high social relevance. “First Comes Courage”, written by Sonia McDonald, founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc. as well as one of the globe’s leading speakers on Leadership, Courage and Kindness, is just such a case.   In a world plagued with poor leadership fueled by power tussles, poor vision, a cling to popularity, and appallingly scarce levels of human empathy, and at a time where we face new realities that are bound to test leadership capabilities to its humanistic core, ‘First Comes Courage’ offers nothing but answers.   In her book, Sonia chronicles inspirational stories of courage from her experience and others to empower readers with kind, courageous and inclusive leadership that helps them to win at their workplace and in life.   Sonia’s watershed book is a valuable addition to her first book releases namely ‘Just Rock it!’ and ‘Leadership Attitude’, both of which are also centered around helping to build capacity for leadership in individuals, teams, and organisations. ”While researching and writing this book for many years before the COVID pandemic, I knew it would create the impactful change we need in the leadership space, and for everyone globally.” said author and founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc, Sonia McDonald, “I never anticipated the need and impact being so overwhelming. Now more than ever, we need that courage, impact, and kindness for 2021 and beyond. And that is all down to us now knowing that the secret sauce to ultimate leadership lies in courage.”   From voyages of self-discovery to experiments of self-evaluation, practicable hacks for personal growth that help you find your inner courage, and everything in between, the book, featuring 15 chapters, sets out to demystify purposeful leadership using courage as an emotional conduit. Sonia also takes stock of the Courage Compass — an introspective intervention primed to help people struggling to find their inner courage by rendering insights into your belief, behaviour, and value system against the four pillars of Courage: Kindness, Purpose, Resilience, and Impact.   Whether a clarion call to a new-and-improved dimension to leadership that our global society is currently begging for or a carefully considered selection of contemporary, practicable solutions to grace you with some pep in your steps for your next courageous career move, this book is the ultimate blueprint.   Reader testimonials tell the story. Have a glimpse into what Daniel Maddison had to say “Sonia’s philosophy of leadership in her book is not just worth pondering, but also practicable. It’s remarkably easy to digest. ‘First Comes Courage’ is a wonderful blend of leadership savvy, relational insight, and a solid appreciation of a topic of global relevance in a new era. This one stays on my bookshelf as a worthy reference. Highly recommended!”   Another raving fan of Sonia’s book is Edward Bonel “Easy to read, insightful, and full of examples. Every chapter is well-crafted to provoke and inspire long-term action. It provides a stepwise approach to being a Courageous Leader. This book is very relevant in building the sort of leadership that assists in executing strategy into action. I highly recommend this book to individuals who want to become more effective in their leadership style.” An award-winning author, Sonia is renowned for a brand of inspirational leadership that beckons on leaders to set them on a path to emotional intelligence and purposeful leadership. She does this with courage, commitment, and candour. Her life and work are irrefutable proof of the impactful change leaders can drive within their communities, and globally.   To learn more about this novel-yet-inspiring take on leadership, ‘First Comes Courage’ is available on Sonia’s website, Amazon and Booktopia. To contact Sonia as a keynote speaker at your conference, workshop or event, visit: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/contact/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/ https://www.leadershiphq.com.au https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/ McDonald Inc. Launches To Push Boundaries Of Women Leadership Globally — Through Sustainable Change 2021-05-12T08:03:37Z mcdonald-inc-launches-to-push-boundaries-of-women-leadership-globally-through-sustainable-change An emerging organisation with a purposeful mission to ambitiously set about the business of getting women back into work, leadership positions, and entrepreneurship. Leading 1 million women with the courage to step in, step up, and start up.     Barriers to entry in male-dominated fields have reached unprecedented high levels to the detriment of women in the past. At present, the positive movement for female representation in leadership positions, entrepreneurship, and in the workplace gathering momentum comes as a welcome relief. But while this cultural progress may signal a paradigm shift, it is of little or no significance without societal frameworks to give expression to this progressive wave that is catching up with modern societies.    McDonald Inc. is one of such societal frameworks innovated to champion the cause for women by paving ways for women inclusion in male-dominated spaces, through empowerment and education. Women who find themselves in these positions in their careers and would love to transition seamlessly into entrepreneurship and become business owners and founders are given all the enlightenment they need.  This is made possible through the Executive Pivot program under the auspices of McDonald Inc.   “The inception of this organisation could not have come sooner given the purposeful and meaningful impact that our operations are bound to foster for potential women leaders,” said CEO and Founder of McDonald Inc., Sonia McDonald. “By harnessing the power of innovative thinking and approaches driven by entrepreneurial insight, savvy and altruistic concern for women’s welfare, all major stakeholders including us, the people we work with, and young and emerging leaders are unto a seismic shift in the world of women globally.”   Unwaveringly devoted to helping women achieve that good-to-great transformation they desire, McDonald Inc. boasts a membership platform that fosters camaraderie with flexible membership options. From extensive tools to resources, hacks, courses, programs, and information, McDonald Inc. demonstrates savvy and rock-solid dedication in empowering women to become courageous, authentic, and kind leaders in their careers, and lives.   In a recent interview with Sonia, she enthused: “These are exciting times for us. There has never been a more critical need and urgency for a company such as McDonald Inc. to provide strategies and programs that help women, communities and companies with end-to-end solutions helping women back into the workforce, get that seat at the leadership table, and become owners and founders of fantastic businesses.”   A renowned speaker, Sonia evidently ‘walks the talk’ as far as her oft-referenced lectures on inclusionary leadership go with McDonald Inc. allowing for strategic tie-ups and collaborations with corporates to provide them with impactful leadership programs.   These collaborations set the tone for an increased focus on women’s development and recruitment in the corporate space, the result of which yields high representation in leadership positions and on boards, improved women participation, and retention rates. These companies become willful agents of change, further enhancing their brand image as an organisation that is diverse, inclusive, and supportive of women in the workplace.   Sonia added, "I see a world that provides businesses and companies with the strategies and leadership to attract, create and build women for the workplace and outside the four walls of the workplace — in leadership and entrepreneurship. But first, we can only achieve this when we recognize that the time to act is now.”   To learn more about McDonald Inc., the incredible membership and strategies we offer our members, clients, and organisations we work with, and our array of programs geared towards fostering great leadership, visit: https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/ https://www.leadershiphq.com.au https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/   Sonia McDonald’s New Book — ‘First Comes Courage’ Sets A Paradigm For Courage-based Leadership Driven By Bravery, Kindness, And Inclusion 2021-05-06T03:38:07Z sonia-mcdonald-s-new-book-first-comes-courage-sets-a-paradigm-for-courage-based-leadership-driven-by-bravery-kindness-and-inclusion A timely, actionable guide for leaders, teams, organisations, and anyone looking to take on a deep and abiding sense of courage — one that inspires a people-first leadership that drives meaningful impact and organisational success. A plethora of book releases serenades our online and brick-and-mortar bookstores regularly. Once in a very blue moon, there seems to be that one that ticks all the boxes for a resource of incalculable value — career advancement, personal development, and a ‘bull’s-eye’ timing given its high social relevance. “First Comes Courage”, written by Sonia McDonald, founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc. as well as one of the globe’s leading speakers on Leadership, Courage and Kindness, is just such a case.   In a world plagued with poor leadership fueled by power tussles, poor vision, a cling to popularity, and appallingly scarce levels of human empathy, and at a time where we face new realities that are bound to test leadership capabilities to its humanistic core, ‘First Comes Courage’ offers nothing but answers. In her book, Sonia chronicles inspirational stories of courage from her experience and others to empower readers with kind, courageous and inclusive leadership that helps them to win at their workplace and in life. Sonia’s watershed book is a valuable addition to her first book releases namely ‘Just Rock it!’ and ‘Leadership Attitude’, both of which are also centered around helping to build capacity for leadership in individuals, teams, and organisations. ”While researching and writing this book for many years before the COVID pandemic, I knew it would create the impactful change we need in the leadership space, and for everyone globally.” said author and founder of LeadershipHQ and McDonald Inc, Sonia McDonald, “I never anticipated the need and impact being so overwhelming. Now more than ever, we need that courage, impact, and kindness for 2021 and beyond. And that is all down to us now knowing that the secret sauce to ultimate leadership lies in courage.” From voyages of self-discovery to experiments of self-evaluation, practicable hacks for personal growth that help you find your inner courage, and everything in between, the book, featuring 15 chapters, sets out to demystify purposeful leadership using courage as an emotional conduit. Sonia also takes stock of the Courage Compass — an introspective intervention primed to help people struggling to find their inner courage by rendering insights into your belief, behaviour, and value system against the four pillars of Courage: Kindness, Purpose, Resilience, and Impact.   Whether a clarion call to a new-and-improved dimension to leadership that our global society is currently begging for or a carefully considered selection of contemporary, practicable solutions to grace you with some pep in your steps for your next courageous career move, this book is the ultimate blueprint.   Reader testimonials tell the story. Have a glimpse into what Daniel Maddison had to say “Sonia’s philosophy of leadership in her book is not just worth pondering, but also practicable. It’s remarkably easy to digest. ‘First Comes Courage’ is a wonderful blend of leadership savvy, relational insight, and a solid appreciation of a topic of global relevance in a new era. This one stays on my bookshelf as a worthy reference. Highly recommended!”   Another raving fan of Sonia’s book is Edward Bonel “Easy to read, insightful, and full of examples. Every chapter is well-crafted to provoke and inspire long-term action. It provides a stepwise approach to being a Courageous Leader. This book is very relevant in building the sort of leadership that assists in executing strategy into action. I highly recommend this book to individuals who want to become more effective in their leadership style.” An award-winning author, Sonia is renowned for a brand of inspirational leadership that beckons on leaders to set them on a path to emotional intelligence and purposeful leadership. She does this with courage, commitment, and candour. Her life and work are irrefutable proof of the impactful change leaders can drive within their communities, and globally.   To learn more about this novel-yet-inspiring take on leadership, ‘First Comes Courage’ is available on Sonia’s website, Amazon and Booktopia. To contact Sonia as a keynote speaker at your conference, workshop or event, visit: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/contact/   Contact: For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts 0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665   Related Links: https://soniamcdonald.com.au/ https://www.leadershiphq.com.au https://www.mcdonaldinc.com.au/     Outstanding Leadership Awards 2021 2021-02-09T21:46:24Z outstanding-leadership-awards-2021 Three fierce organisations from across Australia and New Zealand have joined with the Outstanding Leadership Awards to get behind LeadershipHQ's movement to show that kind courageous leadership is the asset organisations need to thrive in 2021 and beyond. In its second year, the Outstanding Leadership Awards is gaining international recognition for breaking down stereotypes and showcasing the best leaders of today and tomorrow. Welcoming CQUniversity Australia, Kay by Design and Specialists in Communications as partners of the Awards, LeadershipHQ CEO and renowned leadership advisor and CEO, Sonia McDonald, said 2020 showed us the best and worst of leadership. “Through some tough lessons, kindness, courage and inclusion were thrown into the spotlight. Every organisation, from the SME to the multinational, has been forced to undertake change recently. The importance of people-first leadership can no longer be ignored,” Sonia said. “This includes truly recognising difference and listening to diverse voices, even when it makes you uncomfortable. With inequity still rife in society and workplaces, kind and courageous leaders are those who pull forward diverse voices, who ask ‘how can we be better’ and who actively seek real inclusion. “The recent Australian of the Year awards highlighted female, Indigenous and multicultural voices. By shining a light on these voices, we all benefit. This is true leadership and each of the winners has shown the sheer power of lifting others up. “As we move into a new decade, we are taking with us a legacy of change—and a legacy of showing that ‘when we lift others, we all rise’. Leadership HQ continues to be at the forefront of that change. “To bring you these awards we are partnering with companies whose culture rewards and fosters kind and courageous leadership. We are thrilled to have partners of such a high calibre and reputation join with us to champion the importance of diversity, inclusion and kindness every day.”  Each Outstanding Leadership Awards partner is asking the question: “Who do you think should be recognised for their leadership?". [Quotes from the partners are provided below]  “The Outstanding Leadership Awards are the embodiment of a dream that commenced more than 20 years ago, when I began working to help organisations and individuals achieve their leadership potential. I’m honoured to have so many organisations support my vision,” Sonia said. Find out more about the Awards: To find out more about the Outstanding Leadership Awards, to support the awards and to nominate a leader, visit www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au Quotes from the Partners: “Being a Gold partner of the inaugural leadership awards was a real eye-opener for us at CQUniversity. We were able to connect with many great inspiring and aspiring leaders through the course of the event; and that is something our university is also excited to be a part of. In particular, the level of support and exposure that the awards, particularly through Sonia McDonald’s own personal leadership, has given us access to is amazing. We’re connected with new markets and a wider range of influencers who have opened our eyes to even greater opportunities for our university. Beyond contacts, to support our marketing activities, we were thrilled with the very personal and constant social media support we received, which helped to promote our brand in markets relevant to our teaching programs. For us, the value proposition in supporting the Leadership Awards has paid its return on our investment many times over and we look forward to participating with Sonia and the team coordinating the awards in 2021, as they continue to grow.” — Alastair Dawson, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President, CQUniversity Australia “As a silver sponsor, one of the highlights for me was the network of like-minded businesses and leaders. The level of support that Sonia gave, along with the exposure we received through her tireless efforts in supporting the partners, ensured our investment was worthwhile. We look forward to joining her again as a partner for 2021.” — Sara Kay, Founder Kay by Design  “At a time when organisations are changing, when care for people is front and centre, and when real social responsibility is being called for—not just lip service, but action like courageous conversations, purchasing power and education—I believe it's kind and courageous leadership that's making a difference and creating strong enterprise. That’s why I’m backing the Outstanding Leadership Awards; to show all leaders how kind, courageous and inclusive leadership is the secret to organisational success.” — Sheena Ireland, Managing Director, Specialists in Communications Media contact: Dinah Bryant  dinah@sicomms.com.au  0414 549 460 The world is crying out for kind and courageous leadership. 2020-12-04T04:41:14Z the-world-is-crying-out-for-kind-and-courageous-leadership In a year we need it most, Sonia McDonald has just launched her third book ‘First Comes Courage’, which explores the power of leading with courage, and offers you great insights and tools to develop, nurture and grow courage within you and your teams. It is available to buy online from November 30th. Featuring 15 chapters, Sonia takes you on a journey of reflection and growth to find your inner courage in your personal life and in business. She includes her own personal experience of courage, an incredibly inspirational and heart-breaking story. You will be introduced to the Courage Compass, which gives you insight into your beliefs, thinking and behaviours against the four guiding elements of Courage: Kindness, Purpose, Resilience and Impact. This is Sonia’s third book release, following on from ‘Just Rock it!’ and ‘Leadership Attitude’ which also help build leadership skills for individuals and teams. All of Sonia’s books including her new release ‘First Comes Courage’ are available now on Booktopia, Amazon and Sonia’s Website. First Come Courage – Hard Copy First Comes Courage e-book This book will empower you to be spirited, confident, dauntless and selfless in all aspects of your life. “You can be strong as a leader and be kind. You can be courageous as a leader and be fearful. You can be a leader without the title. But first comes courage.” Sonia McDonald As the CEO of LeadershipHQ, Sonia McDonald is propelled to rid the business world of superficial leadership driven by the trappings of popularity and power. Her business and reputation are built on her own courage to lead with true purpose and meaningful impact, as she inspires others to do the same. Sonia is an inspirational keynote speaker, and one of Australia’s leading executive leadership coaches and facilitators. She has worked internationally to develop leaders and office culture in a diverse range of industries and in 2020 founded the Outstanding Leadership Awards program in Australia. Sonia’s passion for leadership means she works with leaders to support them, their organisations, industries and communities to gain the knowledge and awareness they need to build kind, courageous and inclusive leadership. View the websites for more information on LeadershipHQ and Sonia McDonald https://www.leadershiphq.com.au or https://soniamcdonald.com.au/ For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts  0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 hello@leadershiphq.com.a Winners of 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards are announced at the Brisbane Gala Event 2020-11-01T01:26:35Z winners-of-2020-outstanding-leadership-awards-are-announced-at-the-brisbane-gala-event Winners of 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards are announced at the Brisbane Gala Event with over 200 at the event and 200 live-streaming across the Globe.   Championing and shining a light on kind, courageous and outstanding leaders and businesses during our toughest year.   If there are two things, we have needed in 2020, that is kindness and courage. In a year of uncertainty and devastation, leaders and businesses from all walks of life are facing their toughest test.   LeadershipHQ is one company who has stayed truly courageous this year by hosting the inaugural Outstanding Leadership Awards on 16th October in Brisbane and it was an extraordinary success.   With over 100 finalists from across Australia and New Zealand as well as great partners such as DHL Express and CQU, we have seen the greatest examples of kind and courageous leadership. We also have the renowned former CEO of Kmart Guy Russo as our keynote speaker.   The Gala Awards Event was held on 16th October at Victoria Park with over 200 people attending the event and over 200 live-streaming. With finalists such has the team at Orange Sky Laundry, Catherine Clark CEO of Netball Queensland, Students from Johnathan Thurston Academy, Dr Dan Wilson from Regional Victoria plus many more examples of great leadership.   We are being shown that courageous, kind and inclusive leadership is seeing Australians and New Zealanders show resilience and come together to move through disaster. The winners of our 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards who espouse extraordinary kindness and courage are –   •            Courageous Leader Joe McCord GM of Digital8 •            Women in Leadership Wendy Leegel CEO of Leegal Consulting Group •            SME Business Leader Giovanna Lever MD of Sparrowly Group •            CEO of the Year Cecily McGuckin MD of Queensland Sheet and Steel •            Future Leaders Bethany Mitchell of DHL Express and Dr Dan Wilson MD •            Community Leader Mohit Tolani of Dapto Dentists •            Student Leader Katura Halleday Director 8X8 Educate •            Men in Leadership Steve Davies Western Operations Manager, Airservices Australia •            Courageous Team Key Assets (Australia) •            Start-up Leader Kane Sajdak CEO of Home Guardian •            Outstanding Leader of the Year - Dr Dan Wilson MD It is timely that LeadershipHQ will be launching the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Awards now live with CQU coming on board again as our Gold Sponsor and Specialists in Communication and Kay By Design coming on board as silver sponsors with more partners being announced soon and new categories such as – •            CEO — Large Corporation •            CEO — Medium Corporation •            Courageous Team— Corporate •            Courageous Team— Community •            Courageous Team— Public Sector •            Courageous Leader of the Year •            Team Leader of the Year •            Indigenous Leader •            Future Leader •            Public Sector Leader •            Community Leader •            SME Business Leader •            Start Up Leader •            Student Leader •            Women in Construction •            Women in Stem •            Outstanding Leader 2021 Partners and sponsors have loved being part of an awards platform and movement where their brand and organisation have received incredible exposure and marketing as being a kind, courageous and inclusive business and organisation.    Winners were announced at the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards ceremony on 16th October and Awards nominations for 2021 are now live, LeadershipHQ Managing Director Sonia McDonald said LeadershipHQ are on a mission to build a world of kind and courageous leaders.   “Now, more than ever, the world needs great leaders to help us weather the storms that we are facing,” Sonia said. “At its core, leadership is about courage, impact, action and kindness. At LeadershipHQ we want to help aspiring and current leaders see what great leadership is about and to lead with courage, and we want to shine a light on leaders who are making an impact at this time. We want to show the positive and inspiring side of leadership when we see so much negativity around leadership.” “Our 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards Winners were announced on 16th October at Victoria Park with over 200 finalists and people attending. We were thrilled to also be able to live stream to over 200 people, across the globe who tuned in to see and hear more about the courageous leadership we are seeing in Australia and New Zealand.” A list of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards winners are available on the Leadership HQ website. Nominations for the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Awards are now live. LeadershipHQ was born out of a passion to work with people and build great leadership. Sonia McDonald combined a love of writing and inspiring with experience from a HR background to build a name and career in a global context. She believes leadership is an attitude and mindset and we can all be leaders. Sonia’s passion for leadership means she works with leaders to support them, their organisations, industries and communities to gain the knowledge and awareness they need to build kind, courageous and inclusive leadership. View the new Leadership HQ website for more information on LeadershipHQ and the Awards: https://www.leadershiphq.com.au or https://www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au/   For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald or one of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards winners, contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts  0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 sonia@leadershiphq.com.au hello@leadershiphq.com.au       LeadershipHQ announces new program to become a leader for the future of work with Veriskills 2020-10-24T08:59:11Z leadershiphq-announces-new-program-to-become-a-leader-for-the-future-of-work-with-veriskills-1 At this point in time, we are facing huge issues globally - a fragile economy, pandemic and business recovery and the need to reinvent work, to name a few. Brilliant, courageous leadership is required now to reimagine the nature of our work, understand the way we engage with people and to build exciting new companies. You have the opportunity now to become a leader for the future of work by putting development ahead of any other priority through the LeadershipHQ Leadership Essentials Program. Take Your Leadership to the Next Level Imagine taking your leadership to the next level, going for promotions or new opportunities and applying for tertiary education as a Leader! LeadershipHQ are the leaders in leadership development and we now working with VeriSkills™ to train and coach leaders through our in-house or public One on One or Group Leadership Essentials Program and give them the leadership and human capabilities and skills for the future. Human capabilities are soft skills that are not tied to technical competence and are what sets humans apart in this growing world of automation. VeriSkills™ verifies courses against the framework to determine the human capability outcomes and their corresponding level of achievement attained on completion of various courses. Our Leadership Essentials course is now verified by Veriskills™ backed by QTAC’s 40 years of experience in the assessment of formal and experiential learning. The Leadership Essentials Program The Leadership Essentials Program is either a self-paced (not VeriSkills™) or a group and one on one leadership program which is delivered in-house and or via our online public program and it takes 6-9 months. It gives participants the human capabilities, tools, skills and resources to be the best person and leader they can be. Human Capability outcomes you will be awarded on completion of our Leadership Essentials program are as follows: ·      Initiative and Drive ·      Communication ·      Collaboration ·      Empathy   Click here to learn more about VeriSkills™ and the Human Capability Framework. This program and coaching will take your leadership skills to the next level! 2021 Enrolment options Leadership Coaching, Programs and Certification are all a unique and premium development for you and your leaders. Designed for emerging leaders, team leaders, SME’s and self-aware professionals with ambition to take their seat at the leadership table, be a courageous leader and take charge of their business. Leadership isn’t easy and sometimes we need help. Get in touch today to learn more about how to build leadership skills through the Leadership Essentials Program and set yourself up for success! View the Leadership HQ website for more information on LeadershipHQ and our programs: www.leadershiphq.com.au.   For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts  0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 sonia@leadershiphq.com.au hello@leadershiphq.com.au Outstanding Leadership Awards championing Kindness and Courage 2020-10-04T23:04:13Z outstanding-leadership-awards-championing-kindness-and-courage Championing and shining a light on kind, courageous and outstanding leaders and businesses during our toughest year   If there are two things, we have needed in 2020, that is kindness and courage. In a year of uncertainty and devastation, leaders and businesses from all walks of life are facing their toughest test. LeadershipHQ is one company who has stayed truly courageous this year by hosting the inaugural Outstanding Leadership Awards. With over 100 finalists from across Australia and New Zealand as well as great partners such as DHL Express and CQU, we have seen the greatest examples of kind and courageous leadership. We also have the renowned former CEO of Kmart Guy Russo as our keynote speaker.   These awards which have been postponed three times in 2020 due to COVID and we are focused on being fourth time lucky with the Gala Event happening on 16th October with over 200 people attending the event and over 150 live-streaming. With finalists such has the team at Orange Sky Laundry, Catherine Clark CEO of Netball Queensland, Students from Johnathan Thurston Academy, Dr Dan Wilson from Regional Victoria plus many more examples of great leadership. We are being shown that courageous, kind and inclusive leadership is seeing Australians and New Zealanders show resilience and come together to move through disaster. It is timely that LeadershipHQ will be launching the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Awards on 19th October with CQU coming on board again as our Gold Sponsor and new categories such as – •           CEO — Large Corporation •           CEO — Medium Corporation •           Courageous Team— Corporate •           Courageous Team— Community •           Courageous Team— Public Sector •           Courageous Leader of the Year •           Team Leader of the Year •           Indigenous Leader •           Future Leader •           Public Sector Leader •           Community Leader •           SME Business Leader •           Start Up Leader •           Student Leader •           Women in Construction •           Women in Stem •           Outstanding Leader 2021   Announcing the Gala event 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards ceremony on 16th October and 2021 Awards nominations on 19th October, LeadershipHQ Managing Director Sonia McDonald said LeadershipHQ was on a mission to build a world of kind and courageous leaders. “Now, more than ever, the world needs great leaders to help us weather the storms that we are facing,” Sonia said. “At its core, leadership is about courage, impact, action and kindness. At LeadershipHQ we want to help aspiring and current leaders see what great leadership is about and to lead with courage, and we want to shine a light on leaders who are making an impact at this time. We want to show the positive and inspiring side of leadership when we see so much negativity around leadership.” “Our 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards will be announced on 16th October at Victoria Park with over 250 finalists and people attending. We are thrilled to also be able to live stream the awards for people across the country to tune in, also, and hear more about the courageous leadership we are seeing in Australia and New Zealand.”   A list of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards finalists is available on the Leadership HQ website. Nominations for the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Awards open on 19th October 2021. LeadershipHQ was born out of a passion to work with people and build great leadership. Sonia McDonald combined a love of writing and inspiring with experience from a HR background to build a name and career in a global context. She believes leadership is an attitude and mindset and we can all be leaders. Sonia’s passion for leadership means she works with leaders to support them, their organisations, industries and communities to gain the knowledge and awareness they need to build kind, courageous and inclusive leadership. View the new LeadershipHQ website for more information on LeadershipHQ and the Awards: www.leadershiphq.com.au.   For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald or one of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards finalists, contact: Sonia McDonald | 0424 447 616 | sonia@leadershiphq.com.au     Supporting and shining a light on outstanding leaders during our toughest year 2020-08-03T02:17:29Z supporting-and-shining-a-light-on-outstanding-leaders-during-our-toughest-year MEDIA RELEASE   In a year of uncertainty and devastation, leaders from all walks of life are facing their toughest test. As we bear witness to the best and worst of leadership, we are being shown that courageous, kind and inclusive leadership is seeing Australians show resilience and come together to move through disaster. It is timely that Leadership HQ has launched its refreshed brand, with a new website and FREE tools to help leaders rise to the current occasion and support their teams and industries to survive—and even thrive—through this year and beyond. Free tools include workbooks and self-assessments to help leaders managing conflict, gain strategies for managing stress and unlock their exceptional performance. Announcing the refreshed brand and the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards ceremony, Leadership HQ Managing Director Sonia McDonald said Leadership HQ was on a mission to build a world of great leaders. “Now, more than ever, the world needs great leaders to help us weather the storms that we are facing,” Sonia said. “At its core, leadership is about courage, impact and action. At Leadership HQ we want to help aspiring and current leaders gain the tools to lead with courage, and we want to shine a light on leaders who are making an impact at this time. “Our 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards will be announced on 4 September via an intimate gathering at the Belise, St Pauls Terrace, Brisbane, owing to COVID-19. We are thrilled to also be able to live stream the awards for people across the country to tune in, also, and hear more about the courageous leadership we are seeing in Australia.” A list of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards finalists is available on the Leadership HQ website. Nominations for the 2021 Outstanding Leadership Awards open on 14 September 2020. Leadership HQ was born out of a passion to work with people. Sonia McDonald combined a love of writing with experience from a HR background to build a name and career in a global context. Sonia’s passion for leadership and mental health means she works with leaders to support them, their organisations, industries and communities to gain the knowledge and awareness they need to build resilience, remove stigma and thrive through disruption.  View the new Leadership HQ website for more information on Leadership HQ, the Awards and the free tools available to support leaders: www.leadershiphq.com.au. For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald or one of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards finalist, contact:      Sheena Ireland 0458 038 555 sheena@sicomms.com.au Outstanding Leadership Awards championing great leadership across Australia and New Zealand 2020-05-24T21:45:15Z outstanding-leadership-awards-championing-some-of-australia-and-new-zealand-s-greatest-leaders 2020 has indeed become the year we need courageous leadership A number of leaders, businesses and teams have come together to create a movement of courageous and kind leadership around the inaugural Outstanding Leadership Awards in Brisbane.   This month, more than one-hundred leaders across government, community, private and not-for-profit sectors became finalists in the prestigious Outstanding Leadership Awards. Spearheaded by Brisbane leadership authority, Sonia McDonald, the awards recognise the exceptional achievement by courageous and kind leaders across various disciplines. Since notifying finalists, Ms McDonald's inbox has been flooded with messages of gratitude from nominees who've spent the past few weeks, navigating the complex reality of being caught up in a worldwide health pandemic. "On quite a few occasions, finalists have literally burst into tears after being notified they had made it to the final round of judging," said McDonald. "It’s been incredibly rewarding to be the bearer of good news at a time when leaders are facing the biggest crisis of their lives - 2020 has indeed become the year we need courageous leadership." The inaugural awards ceremony has attracted dozens of high-calibre leaders including the founders of Orange Sky, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, Instyle Solar’s Karl Brown, Students from the JT Academy, King Kong's Sabri Suby and Netball Queensland's Catherine Clark. "We initially set out to host the awards ceremony in May, but we've now pushed it back to the 4th September in the hopes things will return to normal by then," said McDonald. "Until then, we are doing everything we can to showcase the incredibly kind and courageous leaders who have made it through - because right now, good leadership is essential. "We're doing regular social media posts highlighting their stories and we've partnered with the Leadership Review Magazine and Yellowpanda PR to help create even more noise. We are gaining more and more momentum with the awards with over 150,000 views of our posts," she said.  Proudly sponsored by McDonald Inc, Central Queensland University (CQU) and DHL Express, the award categories include CEO - Private Sector, Public Sector Leader, Courageous Team Award, Future Leader, Men in Leadership, Women in Leadership, Student Leader, SME Business Leader, Community Leader, and Start-up Leader.  The awards night will be held on 4th September from 6:30pm to 11.30pm at the Royal International Convention Centre, with retail leadership superstar Guy Russo as the guest of honour and radios, Bianca Dye as the Master of Ceremonies.  For more information visit: www.outstandingleadershipawards.com.au Contact Sonia McDonald Phone 0424 447 616