Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is writing a book, with a focus on leadership rather than politics.
In an Instagram post, Ardern mentioned that she had initially declined the idea of writing a book about her five years as the country’s leader. However, she was convinced that she could expand on the themes she discussed in her valedictory speech, such as being a unique kind of leader and making a difference.
Ardern did not provide a specific publication date but expressed her hope that the book would be something that would have had an impact on her younger self.
Jacinda Ardern, who became prime minister at the age of 37 in 2017, gained global recognition as a left-wing leader.
She surprised New Zealanders in January by announcing that she would step down, citing a lack of energy to fulfill the role adequately in an election year.
Since then, she has accepted fellowships at Harvard University and taken on an unpaid role in combating online extremism. Ardern was recently honored with one of New Zealand’s highest awards, being made a Dame Grand Companion for her leadership during a mass shooting and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ardern mentioned that she is working with publishers Penguin, Macmillan, and Crown for the book, but no further details about the publication were provided at the time of the announcement.