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Leading Our Way

How Women are Re-Defining Leadership

Van Der Esch, Gaia


1. Edition November 2023
272 Pages, Hardcover
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ISBN: 978-1-394-19181-9
John Wiley & Sons

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The world is changing, and so must our understanding of leadership. Through the stories of trailblazing female leaders, discover what leadership can look like and how you can become a catalyst for change.

In Leading Our Way, renowned executive and author Gaia van der Esch shares an inspiring collection of leadership stories from seven iconic women around the world. Stories that explore new leadership models, concepts and tools, to inspire action and solve global challenges.

Featuring exclusive interviews with Christiana Figueres, Gitanjali Rao, Becky Sauerbrunn, Diane von Furstenberg, Tawakkol Karman, Comfort Ero and Gloria Steinem, this book examines key trends in leadership, and in how female leaders from across the globe are redefining its meaning, surfacing essential patterns and ideas to re-imagine our present and future. You'll find:
* In-depth discussions of how women - still heavily under-represented in leadership positions and debates - are contributing to changing our cultural, economic and political scene
* Strategies for overcoming the mounting polarization in our communities, companies, and countries, by re-focusing on the common ground and the common good - for humanity and for our planet
* Tools and inspiration to become an effective leader and act as a catalyst for change in your organisation, your community, your country, as we collectively strive to overcome today's global challenges and build a fair and sustainable world

An inspiring and essential new exploration of leadership, Leading Our Way is a must read for both men and women in leadership positions and those who aspire to them. A stepping-stone to build your purpose, find inspiration, and lead in your own way.

Acknowledgements ix

About the Author xi

Introduction: Why Leadership, and Why Me? xiii

1 Optimism
Christiana Figueres 1

2 Curiosity
Gitanjali Rao 31

3 Consistency
Becky Sauerbrunn 59

4 Authenticity
Diane von Furstenberg 89

5 Freedom
Tawakkol Karman 119

6 Integrity
Comfort Ero 147

7 Circularity
Gloria Steinem 177

Conclusion: It Starts with Empathy 209

Index 223
GAIA VAN DER ESCH is an Italian-Dutch executive in the non-profit and public sectors, a policy expert and author. She is currently leading a large international foundation working across the world to end poverty and exclusion and halt climate change. Gaia previously led the work of G20 EMPOWER, defining and advancing the gender equality agenda across G20 countries. She is a speaker at international level on topics related to politics and international relations, equity, sustainability, and leadership. Gaia holds master's degrees from Sciences Po Paris and the Harvard Kennedy School. Among others, she was nominated by Forbes in its Europe 30under30 list.