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How NZ PM Jacinda Ardern became an effective leader & international icon, new book reveals

‘Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy’ by Supriya Vani and Carl A. Harte, published by Harper Collins, is set to be released on 25 May on ThePrint's SoftCover.

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New Delhi: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received worldwide praise and admiration for her efficiency in managing the Covid-19 outbreak in the country last year. And since then, Ardern has been counted as one of the most effective and compassionate leaders, who is also an international icon.

A new book explores the influences that have shaped Ardern and made her a leader that she is today.

The book ‘Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy’ by authors Supriya Vani and Carl A. Harte, published by Harper Collins, is set to be released on 25 May on SoftCover —ThePrint’s e-venue to launch select non-fiction books.

Ever since she assumed office in 2017, Ardern has been riding the ‘Jacindamania’ that has gripped New Zealand, according to the authors. Her choices and decisions regarding terrorism, women’s and LGBTQ rights, labour reforms or climate change show that she has keen sense of what is right, and a clear vision for the way forward.

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, the biography gives readers a glimpse into the making of an exceptional politician and administrator.

Vani — a peace activist, speaker and author — is a recipient of an honorary James Patterson Fellowship from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. As a journalist she has interviewed several world leaders including Jacinda Ardern.

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 and Former Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-Moon.

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

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