Courageous Leadership

Coaching Program

Courageous leaders – lead for the greater good and not just their own. Courageous leaders – uplift and empower their teams. Courageous leaders show empathy and kindness. Join Sonia, step into your courageous leadership and find your tribe.

Who are we?

A 20-week online professional development program that brings Sonia’s brand of courageous, authentic and kind leadership to a global audience.

  • Created for emerging leaders, team leaders and self-aware professionals wanting to take their seat at the leadership table.
  • The Courageous Leadership Group Coaching Program runs over 20 weeks, including 17 weeks of lessons with three consolidation or rest weeks. Each week you’ll complete a learning module consisting of one lesson.
  • Students learn to lead from their strengths. To lead and develop strong teams. To be a change agent and empower others to lead.
  • Implement leadership strategies immediately during the program utilising leadership tools provided.

Courageous Leadership Program

Courageous Leadership Program

WEEK 1 – Why Leadership

Leadership is about attitude, mindset, and behaviour. It is NOT role or title. It is about being the leader you want to be. Becoming an authentic leader takes hard work. Itis not much different from becoming a great athlete. To get great in any endeavour, whether it is your career, your family, or today leading the world we live in, you must use the unique strengths and talents you were born with and develop them to the fullest potential.


WEEK 2 – Transitioning to Leadership 

This module focuses on transitioning into leadership and your leadership profile. Are you excited? I know we focus on Leadership being about Attitude, Mindset, and Behaviour. Now let’s rock this leadership space. I am sure you are starting to see yourself as a leader. We can ALL learn leadership. 


WEEK 3 – Values, Beliefs and Vision as a Leader 

This module is vital for you to understand. Why, you ask? The focus is on your values, beliefs and vision. It is important to be clear about your values, beliefs, and vision so that you can put them into practice when leading. Leading by your values enables you to make good decisions and, more importantly, allows others to know who you are as a leader. 

In this module, the exercises start with identifying your Leadership values. By the end of the module, you will have a clear sense of your leadership values, beliefs and vision to map out a leadership journey for action and goals. I bet you are saying I can’t wait!


WEEK 4 – Appreciating your Real Strengths 

This Module focuses on taking stock of where you are today and considering your strengths and challenges. This assessment or reflection, coupled with your personal Vision in Module 3, will allow you to build a learning and development plan that will assist you to realise your vision and maintain the parts of it you are already living. 

You will start by looking at who you are today. You will also catalogue your strengths as seen by yourself and others - the qualities you can build on to become more authentic. You may also identify potential weaknesses, challenges, and gaps that you may need to address.


WEEK 5 – Building your awareness 

This module is aimed at providing the tools to build your self - awareness and help you know when something is authentic for you and when it is not. Also, it will identify times when others had helped you gain self - awareness and times when you missed opportunities. From this knowledge, you can build your skills for increasing your self - awareness as a leader and with it, the capacity to accept and regulate yourself.


WEEK 6 – The Motivated Leader 

In this module, you will explore your motivations for leadership and examine your intrinsic and extrinsic motivations. Change and growth happen when we have focus, attention, will power and intent. Motivation and intent are needed for you to truly grow, learn and become the leader you want to be.


WEEK 7 – Rest and Consolidation


WEEK 8 – Focus on your tribe 

In this module, you will examine how you can build your tribe to help you along your leadership journey, especially when you are facing great difficulties and challenges. 

WEEK 9 – Balancing your life 

We have all heard of the term work/life balance or as some call it, life/work balance. For leaders, living a balanced life enables them to be more authentic in leading. It also helps them lead healthy lives and develop healthy and happier teams and organisations. These leaders can make more thoughtful and meaningful decisions and lead more authentically. Their employees are more committed to the organisation, motivated and engaged, and ultimately achieve better results. 

Guess what I just call it; Balance. 


WEEK 10 – Developing and aligning your team 

Leadership is about others. You are only as strong as your team. To achieve maximum productivity and efficiency within the workplace, the importance of creating team culture in the workplace is critical. It requires leadership skills that are not traditionally held by managers


WEEK 11 – Rest and Consolidation


WEEK 12 – Communicating as a great leader 

This module is aimed at providing the tools to build your communication skills as a leader. From this knowledge, you can construct your own tool kit to have critical conversations with challenging behaviours, giving and receiving feedback, conducting meaningful meetings and giving presentations to be at the top of your game.


WEEK 13 – Empowering others to lead 

The focus of this Module is on how authentic leaders expect understanding performance from themselves, from others and from their teams to achieve excellent results. High expectations and high standards are not enough to meet these results. There must be a climate in which others are empowered to lead and to assume responsibility for achieving the organisation’s goals and objectives.  

Authentic leaders empower others in their organisation creating a common purpose and set of values that encourages them to step up to lead. Thus, authentic leaders create organisations of empowered leaders at all levels 

WEEK 14 – The leader as a change agent 

In this world of rapid change and discontinuities, a leader must be out in front to encourage change, growth and to show the way. To do this, the leader must first understand two important requirements for bringing about change: 

1. Knowing the technical needs of the change 

2. Understanding the attitude and motivational demands for bringing about the change.


WEEK 15 – Rest and Consolidation


WEEK 16 – The leader as a coach and mentor 

This module focuses on coaching as an active and emotionally smart method for leaders who want to develop the capacity of others and boost bottom - line business results. Forward - thinking leaders know there’s a direct link between letting go of direction and control and taking a coaching approach to leadership to motivate, inspire and create dynamic, performance - based learning cultures where individuals and teams continually improve 

WEEK 17 – Leadership Models and Frameworks 

The goal of this module is to help you identify your preferred leadership style - the one that feels most natural and authentic to you - as well as identify leadership styles that you already use or may want to develop for the future. When you understand your leadership style, you can optimise your leadership authenticity and more successfully use your power.


WEEK 18 – Neuroscience of Leadership 

Authentic leaders are truly passionate about Neuroscience and the why, how and what of Neuroscience and the connection with Leadership. The following is an expert from the book Leadership Attitude (Chapter 7) by Sonia McDonald on Brain Stuff. Also recommended in the same book is Chapter 8 on Squashing the ANTs. What does neuroscience mean? I suppose it does sound a little technical, but it is not. It is the brain function. The Google definition is: 

“Any or all of the sciences, such as neurochemistry and experimental psychology, which deal with the structure or function of the nervous system and brain.”


WEEK 19 – Leadership Tools  

This Module includes a range of continuous quality  improvement tools are provided to support you as leader, and your organisation to enhance existing projects, improve your leadership process and foster a collaborative work environment. 


WEEK 20 – Leadership Action Plan 

 In this module we create your Leadership Action Plan.    You are now ready to put all the knowledge you have gained through this program into action!! 


  • The Courageous Leadership Live Program run over 20 weeks, including 17 weeks of lessons with 3 consolidation or rest weeks.  Each week you’ll complete a learning module consisting of one lesson. 
  • Lessons are delivered via a series of online pre-recorded videos.  Each lesson is simple, visual and concepts are explained in practical terms and are easy to apply. 
  • Options for extended learning for every lesson in a handpicked library. 
  • Weekly live Q&A group coaching call where Sonia answers all your questions.  Log in via phone or online.  Calls recorded and saved to the community. 
  • Options for SELF-STUDY are available.  SELF-STUDY suits people who do not wish to participate in the group coaching and excludes all community forums, Q&As and Office Time with Sonia. 


  • Workbooks for each lesson 
  • An extensive range of tools and resources for you to implement in your Leadership role. 
  • An extensive hand-picked library of resources, including open-access to research papers, books, TEDx talks, articles and interviews. 
  • Private student only community for networking, topic discussion and Q&A with Sonia.* 
  • Access to Sonia’s hotline. (25 plus years of HR and Leadership knowledge ready to download) and opportunity to book one-on-one office hours with Sonia.* 

*for program participants only – not self-study course participants. 

Plan to set aside about 6 hours per week during the live 20week program, including the live Q&A call. 

  • Each module contains one module. 
  • Each module is split into video + practical application + homework suggestions. 
  • Modules are designed to be completed each week to prevent student overwhelm. 
  • Each week I hold an optional live Q&A call/webinar of ~60 minutes in two timeslots. You can access the call via the internet or phone. All calls will be recorded for those who can’t attend and will be made available on the course site. 
  • All extra reading or research is OPTIONAL. 

If you do not wish to follow along week by week, you can study at your own pace. Once the course is complete you can dip into and out of any lessons and resources at any time. 

Once the course comes to a close, you’ll retain access to ALL the online materials, and you are welcome to attend the next round of classes including live calls. 

The Courageous Leadership Live Program run over 20 weeks, including 17 weeks of lessons with 3 consolidation or rest weeks.  Each week you’ll complete a learning module consisting of one lesson. 

Live Q & A calls are held via Zoom on Thursdays at either 6am or 7pm, Brisbane QLD, Australia. 

Questions can be submitted each week in advance for those who can’t make the call.   

All Q&A calls are recorded and available on the program community for those who cannot attend. 

Good written and oral English language skills are required.

No background in business management is needed for this course. I’ve designed the lessons for professionals working in small to medium sized organisations in team leader or middle management roles. But anyone with an interest in learning about leadership is more than welcome – after all we can all be leaders!

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