For this month’s Top 5 Pearls of wisdom I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with one of Australia’s leading courageous leadership advocates and speakers Sonia McDonald.
OK so let’s start with a short list of Sonia’s accolades:
- Global Keynote speaker
- Author of Leadership Attitude and Just Rock It
- CEO and founder of LeadershipHQ – helping 100’s of organisations develop high impact leaders across their businesses
- Founder of Tea for Teens, a social enterprise supporting the community around teenage mental health
- Board Member for Ixa
Honestly with all that she has going on at the moment I don’t even need to go into her previous roles. Sonia now has over 45,000+ followers on LinkedIn and is a guiding light for so many leaders and aspiring leaders across so many different industries.
Sonia is 100% living life to the full with here Keynote speaker engagements, leadership coaching, Authoring, facilitating workshops, advisory roles filling the role of CEO.
Here are Sonia’s Top 5 Pearls of wisdom for living your life to your absolute full potential:
Be a Leader.
If I could go back in time, the one thing I would say to my younger self is to learn leadership now. Leadership isn’t a role or title; it is an attitude and mindset. If I had learnt this sooner, I would be in an even better place than I am now.
The best leaders embody the Leadership Attitude and Mindset that transcends merely being called a ‘leader’. They are courageous and face things head on; even if they’re scared, they know what they have to do and so they just do it. They are authentic, inspiring others with their genuine commitment and lack of hypocrisy. They are kind, truly caring about those around them and investing in their success.
It’s incredibly freeing to realise that it’s okay to fail. It allows you to be courageous and push past the fear, knowing that no matter what the outcome, you will come away having learned something.
Courage doesn’t have to be giant gestures either; it can be something as simple as raising your hand and speaking up for yourself, or saying ‘no’ more often and showing respect for your own boundaries.
This is really important. It is pivotal that you know who you are – and that you own it. Take the time to really get to know yourself through reflection activities, and you’ll be able to align your values, behaviours and actions with who you really are.
Leadership is about others, first and foremost, so it is vital that you are kind to those around you. Show empathy, take the time to really listen and care, and treat people as you wish to be treated.
Kindness is free, and has a profound effect on your leadership and your life. The ripples from even the smallest act of kindness, such as smiling at a stranger, touch so many people and make their lives that little bit better.
The world needs more kindness, so lead the way and be a great example.
Surround yourself with people who believe in you and support you no matter what. In turn, be there for others and give. Even lending an ear to a friend or team member that is having a tough time emotionally has a huge impact on their wellbeing.
We all need support at times, and if we wish to receive it from others, we must also be willing to give it. You don’t need to overstep your own boundaries, but simply letting people know you are there for them, and then following through, is incredibly effective in supporting others.
If you are interested in checking out the work Sonia is doing, you can check out her various enterprises at the following locations: