Women and Leadership

Julia Gillard, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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.

This book is worth reading for the insights into these remarkable women – a dream dinner party guest list – but the authors also examine the statistics, the biases (conscious and unconscious) and the structural obstacles that face women.

- Natasha Stott Despoja, The Age

Business & Law

JULIA GILLARD was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2012 and served in that office until June 2013. NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA is an economist and international development expert with over 30 years of experience.

Penguin Random House Australia

Penguin Random House Australia is the largest trade publisher in Australia, with an impressive array of bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles from award-winning adult and children’s authors.

Women and Leadership
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North America (MIT Press), United Kingdom (Penguin Random House - Transworld)
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