Interview with Sonia Mcdonald

Sonia Mcdonald

When your world falls apart, the pain of losing clients, and the art of leadership with Sonia McDonald.

On this podcast, founder and CEO of Leadership HQ helps us to demystify what makes a strong and poor leader.

She also talks us through her story of becoming a single mum to a young girl in a foreign company, what affect that had on her career, and how she got through it.

We also hear about what it’s like to lose clients while things were extremely difficult in her personal life.

This episode is very raw, and personal. Prepare for a rollercoaster!

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Just Rock It Podcast

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Show Notes:

04:30 Why do you describe yourself as an accidental entrepreneur?

09:20 What made you decide to turn your blog into a company?

10:45 Who was telling you to start your company?

16:40 What is leadership?

18:35 Do you think leaders are born or can they be made?

21:15 If you are looking to become a better leader, where should you start?

24:30 When things went downhill in Shanghai, what did the few days after your world completely changing look like?

27:30 How tough was it going to work everyday?

31:10 If someone was to go through a similar circumstance to you, what would you say to them?

35:45 When do you enforce your ‘confidence over competence’ rule?

43:55 What else comes to mind when you think of the tough times in your career?

49:25 Can you talk us through the experience of writing your first book?

54:15 What was it like writing your second book?

56:00 What does poor leadership look like?

57:40 What creates a poor leader?

1:01:00 Is there a leader in the public eye that you think makes a great leader?

People Mentioned:

Sheryl Sandberg

Brene Brown

Elon Musk

Bill Gates

Richard Branson

Barack Obama

Princess Diana

Resources, and Companies Mentioned:

Brisbane Marketing

Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg Ted Talk


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