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Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy

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Supriya Vani and Carl A. Harte

 

The first biography to be based on interviews with Ardern and those around her

 

‘It takes courage to be an empathetic leader. And I think if anything the world needs empathetic leadership now, perhaps more than ever.’ Jacinda Ardern

 

Jacinda Ardern was swept to office in 2017 on a wave of popular enthusiasm dubbed ‘Jacindamania’. In less than three months, she rose from deputy leader of the opposition to New Zealand’s highest office. Her victory seemed heroic. Few in politics would have believed it possible; fewer still would have guessed at her resolve and compassionate leadership, which, in the wake of the horrific Christchurch mosque shootings of March 2019, brought her international acclaim. Since then, her decisive handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen her worldwide standing rise to the point where she is now celebrated as a model leader. In 2020 she won an historic, landslide victory and yet, characteristically, chose to govern in coalition with the Green Party.

 

Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy carefully explores the influences – personal, social, political and emotional – that have shaped Ardern. Peace activist and journalist Supriya Vani and writer Carl A. Harte build their narrative through Vani’s exclusive interviews with Ardern, as well as the prime minister’s public statements and speeches and the words of those who know her. We visit the places, meet the people and understand the events that propelled the daughter of a small-town Mormon policeman to become a committed social democrat, a passionate Labour Party politician and a modern leader admired for her empathy and courage.

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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.

 

About the Authors

SUPRIYA VANI is a peace activist, speaker and author. As a speaker on human rights, she actively participates in international peace organizations and forums, including the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the Nobel Women’s initiative, and the United Nations. As a journalist, she has interviewed several world leaders, including Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand; Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia; Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister of Iceland; and former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She is a recipient of an honorary James Patterson Fellowship from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her first book, Battling Injustice: 16 Women Nobel Peace Laureates, based on her interviews with all the women Nobel Peace Laureates, won praise from a number of prominent international figures, including Nobel Peace Laureates Malala Yousafzai, His Holiness Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, former Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, and Juan Manual Santos, former President of Colombia. She lives in New York.

Carl A. Harte is an Australian writer, actor and book editor. The recipient of an eLit Gold Award, he has worked for such authors as the late former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Om Swami, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Arun Tiwari, Farahnaz Ispahani, Swami Agnivesh, Kishalay Bhattacharjee and Maxwell Pereira.

 

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 392 pages