If you had of told either of us 20, 10 or even five years ago that we would have been publishing a leadership magazine we would have laughed in disbelief. However, a series of serendipitous events led to us publishing The Leadership Review. Firstly, we met almost three years ago, bonding over a social project we were working on together. From there it was a natural development to start collaborating on other projects which combined our skills in business strategy, journalism and public relations.

One of our mutual clients was leadership expert Sonia McDonald, whose unique approach stood out. When we started researching and delving into Sonia’s body of work, it became clear her message had always been one of courageous and kind leadership. Our daily work involves critical thinking, solution strategy and research. Throughout our working lives, we have experienced the best and worst of leadership from politicians to business and community leaders. We now work to give leaders wanting to make a difference in the world a voice by telling their stories authentically and keeping them on track to achieve what are often big hairy, audacious goals. But we are also just citizens of the world, and with the approach of a new decade had questions without answers. We are aunties and mothers while at the same time, nurturing a young workforce. We empathise with the challenges a younger generation face from the environment to economic and disruption across almost every industry.

As Generation Xers, we felt a responsibility to use our skills to try and answer some questions, step into our leadership and help others do the same so generations coming after us will feel our sincere support. Before Christmas we had a discussion, where Sara predicted that 2020 was going to be the decade for courage and climate change was going to be the number one topic. We were already in the midst of a harsh bushfire season, but during the holidays the situation became devastating.

What has become clear among the smoke and ashes is the need for courageous leadership, for generations to work together to problem-solve. The Leadership Review aims to be a platform of unity, opening up dialogue and in our own big hairy, audacious goal being the catalyst for change. So, with the echoes of Sonia McDonald ringing in our ears “Do it!, You will rock it”. Let The Leadership Review journey begin…


Using our journalism skills to put a spotlight on leadership, review lessons learnt, both success and failures while creating conversations that are the catalyst for positive change.


Our vision is to become a source of inspiration, education and knowledge for leaders. We want to stand the test of time, where leaders in 100 years still look forward to the first Sunday of every month for the latest edition.


As we go into 2020 the world faces continual disruption and leadership is being challenged from every angle. We will be your voice of reason, the critical thinkers to provoke thought, expand knowledge and facilitate leadership change.


In our first issue, we covered the Australian bushfire crisis and predicted that 2020 would be the decade of courageous leadership. Two months on, this premonition rings true in the ears of leaders across the nation, who are having to make difficult and courageous decisions in the face of unprecedented disruption and the COVID-19 pandemic.

As conditions globally worsened, we realised we couldn’t ignore the rapidly evolving coronavirus and its profound impact on Australian industry. In response to this, our team created the campaign #KeepAustralianWorking in mid-March – just 24 hours later Scott Morrison implored the nation to ‘Keep Australians working’ in his Prime Minister’s Address.

With little personal and business guidance provided except stimulus packages and health updates, we took #KeepAustraliaWorking into our own hands. This April we look through the eyes of experts to help prepare leaders with the resources, advice and knowledge to weather the times ahead.

We prioritise diversity of opinion and want to understand the world through the eyes of experts who have been at the forefront of change themselves. With entire working populations transitioning into the cloud and working remotely we wanted to provide guidance that would help ease this massive social and economic transition – a shift that will undoubtedly change the nature of work forever.

A Facebook post on my feed a few days ago bought laughter to a dower office we packed up to move into our home offices, it read – ‘your grandparents had to go to war, you’re being asked to sit on a couch’. That doesn’t, however, mean the times feel less dire or scary.

In the moment it felt awfully ‘ok boomer’, however it got us thinking. Now is the time to utilize your time to upskill employees, strengthen your leadership and become a more resilient business. We hope this issue of The Leadership Review acts as a small beacon of light to help you navigate the new working normally and that it is positive, practical and purposeful.

Sara + The Leadership Review Team



When planning our content, we prioritise three core words at the centre of each decision. Our three P’s; positive, practical and purposeful drive the columnists we choose, the contributor articles we accept and the magazine we produce.


Learning from those that have successfully lead their sector can give you practical insights that will help you excel as a leader. We bring you expert tips and takeaways as well as the power of storytelling which creates learned experiences.


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We work with an incredible range of professionals and curate their resources in one place. We are about to launch our resources ‘Book Shelf’ page, highlighting the best of Australian speakers, Authors and Coaches through an online platform to help train and upskill yourself and your employees.


The C-suite is a platform for collaborative content that encourages a diversity of opinion underpinned by journalistic integrity and discipline. We have reimagined the C-suite to go beyond a chief, corporate or executive title. Our C-suite is designed for courageous leaders both in themselves and for others who value quality content that stands tall above an era of fake news and misinformation.

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We are very privileged to have an exceptional, growing editorial and columnist team along with world class contributors. They work tirelessly to bring you content that is well researched, grounded in experience and a great storytelling. Here are some that are featured in this month’s magazine.

Johnny Briggs
Indigenous engagement + inclusion
Dr Jo Lukins
Psychologist, Author + Coach
Fred Schebesta
Finder Co-Founder, Author + Speaker


Leadership comes in all different shapes and sizes. Our faces of leadership explores all these dimensions, by bringing you a diverse and inclusive voice from leaders telling their stories. We hope you learn from the lessons they share, embrace your own adversities and are inspired to take your leadership to new heights.


Lead with purpose.