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Winning as a woman in charge: How Kathy Hochul can highlight the difference and position herself for victory next year

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29.08.2021

After Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation, incoming governor Kathy Hochul declared “no one will ever describe my administration as a toxic work environment.” Instead, she promised that “transparency will be the hallmark of my administration,” and followed through by including larger COVID death totals in her first daily report on the crisis. At a time when New Yorkers are fearful of a new wave of COVID infections and are once again attuned to the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, Hochul is leaning into the positive characteristics voters associate with women’s leadership in an effort to become the first female governor to win a full term in office.

Whereas Cuomo was aggressive and abrasive, and missed few opportunities to assert his alpha-male status in conflicts with New York City’s mayor, female leaders are perceived as more collaborative and consensus-oriented, seeking to build trust with stakeholders and consider a wide range of viewpoints. Highlighting this commitment to collaboration, Hochul has promised to empower local leaders to fight the pandemic, in contrast to Cuomo who often required local officials to seek permission from the governor’s office before undertaking significant policy changes. Hochul is known for her personable style and has made a point a point of........

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