As a result of their broad experience on the world stage in politics, economics and global not-for-profits, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Julia Gillard have some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders. Women and Leadership takes a consistent and comprehensive approach to teasing out what is different for women who lead.
Almost every year new findings are published about the way people see women leaders compared with their male counterparts. The authors have taken that academic work and tested it in the real world. The same set of interview questions were put to each leader in frank face-to-face interviews. Their responses were then used to examine each woman's journey in leadership and whether their lived experiences were in line with or different from what the research would predict.
Women and Leadership presents a lively and readable analysis of the influence of gender on women's access to positions of leadership, the perceptions of them as leaders, the trajectory of their leadership and the circumstances in which it comes to an end. By presenting the lessons that can be learned from women leaders, Julia and Ngozi provide a road map of essential knowledge to inspire us all, and an action agenda for change that allows women to take control and combat gender bias.
Featuring Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Theresa May, Michelle Bachelet, Joyce Banda, Erna Solberg, Christine Lagarde and more.
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Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the newly appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, have created a thorough, riveting assessment of the complicated stakes, sexism and scrutiny that women in leadership face in the modern world, down to the detail of their shoes. Superbly weaving together conversations with the likes of Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton and Theresa May, the authors reveal their uncompromising respect for the women they interview and their belief in the power of policy to bring about positive change. Narrated by actress Shari Sebbens with appearances from both authors, this is a smart and stirring listen.