Women Leaders in a New World Order:
Ambassador Akiko Yamanaka
and Professor Patricia Bader-Johnston

Women Leaders in a New World Order

Ambassador Akiko Yamanaka, Professor Patricia Bader-Johnston, and Julian Gresser

Key Questions:

Question # 1: Based on your research and direct personal experience—and I believe you met with and personally became acquainted, and in some cases friends, with  these women leaders– what do you see as the essential qualities of character and action that distinguish these great women leaders?

Question # 2: Please provide one example that can lend insight into these essential qualities of character and action.

Question #3–In our present world of many troubles—where basic human security needs are increasingly jeopardized and millions of people are suffering from lack of basic necessities of life—water, food, clean air–what do you view as the most urgent qualities of character and action in world leaders that can help us collectively navigate through chaos toward greater wisdom, compassion, integrity, understanding, resilience, harmony, balance, and peace among all nations and with the living natural world? How are such qualities of leadership especially important in addressing urgent human security challenges?

Question # 4—Your book pays special tribute to frontier women leaders. Are there in your opinion special attributes, talents, and insights from life experience of women leaders that complement those of male leaders?

Question # 5—How successfully have the women leaders whom you have known and worked with been able to build and inspire synergy, trust, resilience, effective collaboration, a vision of practical hope in conceiving and carrying out their leadership programs?

Question # 6—In a world increasingly dominated by shadowy forces behind leaders who themselves lack wisdom and integrity, what basis is there for practical hope that we as a species and our beautiful planet will survive?


  • Practicality and decisiveness of women leaders (Note: Prime Minister’s Thatcher’s decision on the Falkland war)
  • Continuous dedication to improving herself
  • Her personal grace in relationship with Ambassador Yamanaka
  • Patricia’s insights on the epithet “iron lady.”
  • Prime Minister Angela Merckel’s foresight and wisdom in anticipating and managing the COVID crisis.
  • The importance of character and science (data) driven leadership
  • Strong sense of Justice
  • Human Security (food, water, clean air, etc.) and its  connection with other fields,
  • Preventative Diplomacy in Human Security and Peacebuilding at the UN and its applications to natural disasters and pandemic.
  • Human Security, Peace Building, and “Intertidal Thinking.”
  • ASEAN Peace Building training program for young leaders
  • The importance small steps in collaborative leadership
  • Comparative attributes of women leaders (Empathetic perspective)
  • Modesty and devotion to service of Norwegian Prime Minister, returning to serve at the local level
  • Shifting roles in balanced and healthy families through husband/wife collaboration
  • Rethinking the structure and role of the UN
  • Japan is still listed as a world enemy, 80 years after the end of WWII. It’s time to change this world community organization and create a true world community with greater balance between the Security Council and the General Assembly.
  • A fundamental first step: (Patricia commentary)

— “It’s not that women don’t work, they do work, but it’s because their work is not valued, not recognized in national accounting in GDP.”

— By pegging national value to GDP, we predicate everything on linear growth: which necessitates maintaining the status quo, exploiting natural resources of the global south, by the global north,  to increase mass production, which necessitates disposability, …  so we can start all over again.

— So: in order to achieve GDP measures, we must destroy the planet; in order to alleviate poverty, we must destroy the environment. It’s right there laid out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which may have made sense when they were first conceived and set down right after WWII. Many of the world economies were devasted. We had to find way to accelerate economic growth in the name of progress. But, these goals are dysfunctional with the urgent needs of most of the world’s populations today in an increasingly challenged planet.

— if we examine what are the real outcomes of the SDGs, they will result in our crossing every planetary boundary, eliminating all of our natural resources, and maintaining the framework of fossil fuel dependency.

No other outcome is possible in achieving the SDGs as they are written today…. Therefore the UN to the extent it is supporting its own SDGs, is itself supporting the destruction of our planet. It’s the logical conclusion.

Resources and References

Ambassador Akiko Yamanaka’s List of Top Women Leaders (* Referenced in video)

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