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Book Out. Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy

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Jacinda Ardern Book: Authored by Supriya Vani and Carl A Harte, titled Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy, it’s journey of the admirable politician who has received global accolades for her work during COVID and for women in her country.

Ever since she took office in 2017, riding a wave of ‘Jacindamania’, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made the right choices, be they related to terrorism, women’s and LGBTQ rights, labour reforms or climate change. She has also shown herself to be an exceptionally compassionate and effective leader with a keen sense of what is right, and a clear vision for the way forward, dazzling the world with her handling of the COVID-19 crisis.  

Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy explores the influences that have shaped Jacinda and made her a leader with a ‘different way of doing things’. Based on first-hand interviews by peace activist Supriya Vani with Jacinda and her friends and collaborators, as well as the prime minister’s public statements and speeches, this biography reveals her to be charming, thoughtful and sincere, and gives readers a glimpse into the making of an exceptional politician, administrator and international icon.

A small extract from Jacinda Ardern book is below:

“Helen Clark and Annette King’s generation prepared the way for women such as her, Jacinda Ardern said. There was still much work to do, though, before a woman holding high office was treated as a ‘normal’ phenomenon throughout the world. Like Clark before her, Ardern felt the need to stress that her gender was not a substantive issue for her political career. ‘I want to be a good leader, not a good lady leader,’ she said. ‘I don’t want to be known simply as the woman who gave birth.’ When she spoke those words, it was nearly a year into her first term. She could not have known the events ahead of her that would make any suggestion of her being remembered simply as the ‘woman who gave birth’ seem mildly ridiculous.”

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