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How can small countries have a global impact?

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Leadership Looks Like.

Scotland's former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shares ideas on leading Scotland, from her approach to climate change and wellness to the challenges she's faced as a female leader.

About Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon is the first female First Minister of Scotland.

Prior to joining the government, Sturgeon worked at a law firm in Glasgow as a solicitor. She became a regional Member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Sturgeon resigned as First Minister of Scotland in 2023, after having served since 2014.

Note: This interview was originally recorded in April 2022.

This segment of TED Radio Hour was produced by Katie Monteleone and edited by Katie Simon. You can follow us on Facebook @TEDRadioHourand email us at

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Katie Monteleone is a producer for TED Radio Hour. She started out as an intern for the show in January 2019. After her internship, Monteleone began producing for Life Kit before returning to the TED Radio Hour team in October 2019 as a full-time producer.
Manoush Zomorodi is the host of TED Radio Hour. She is a journalist, podcaster and media entrepreneur, and her work reflects her passion for investigating how technology and business are transforming humanity.
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