In her inspiring, deeply intelligent and intensely practical Our Turn, Kirstine Stewart draws on her own extensive leadership experience to take the conversation about women and work to a whole new level. Simply put: the time is now for new styles of leadership, and women are best-suited to set the pace.
Kirstine Stewart got her first job when she applied for a position as a “girl Friday” at a film distribution house. Having worked her way up from the bottom — under women and men, leaders good and bad — she believes it’s time we leaped past the question of how women might create change in the working world and exploit the fact that profound change is already under way. The digital revolution, and the wave of millennials who are entering the work force with very different expectations than the generations who preceded them, have created a new reality that demands a new style of leader with attributes and perspectives that make women the natural front-runners. The opportunity is there. The question Kirstine tackles in Our Turn is how do we seize it.
Kirstine’s own track in the world has been exceptional, and littered with firsts, including being the first woman and the youngest person ever to head the CBC. Not only does she illuminate the broad strokes of the way forward for women, and her own principles of leadership, she digs down into the nitty-gritty of how she has managed to excel and to lead while staying true to who she is as a person. Whether you’re the CEO or the administrative assistant, there is something for you in Our Turn.
“Read Our Turn and you’ll understand how Canada’s own Kirstine Stewart joined the ranks of other stand-out technology leaders like Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg. Kirstine’s career is inspiring, and the ideas and strategies she shares about how to lead in times when change is the only constant are common-sense, down-to-earth and yet revolutionary. This is a great read from a leader I respect and admire.”
“Having spent nearly a decade working with Kirstine, I’ve seen these ideas in action and know they work! In Our Turn, she’s written a new blueprint for leadership and creativity. She has also delivered an honest look at how and why she has been so successful—and shows you practical ways that you can be successful, too.”
“I have known Kirstine for over twenty years as a colleague and a friend. In Our Turn, she has delivered a priceless read for any woman navigating the ins and outs of the working world. As I read, I made a list of every young and not so young woman I want to share it with, from my nieces to my employees to my girlfriends and my female peers. This is the time for all of us to speak up and share our vision for the working world of the future.”
Doubleday Canada, Fall 2015
Black Inc., Australia, 2016