Author Spotlight

Zoë Routh – Author Spotlight

Zoe Routh

Zoë Routh is a leadership futurist, podcaster, and multiple award-winning author. She works with leaders and teams to explore what’s coming and what it means for leadership of the future.

She has worked with individuals and teams internationally and in Australia since 1987. From wild Canadian rivers to the Australian Outback, and the Boardroom jungles, Zoë is an adventurist! She facilitates strategy and culture for the future with audacious teams.

Zoë’s fourth leadership book, People Stuff – Beyond Personality Problems: An advanced handbook for leadership, won the Book of the Year at the Australian Business Book Awards in 2020. Her fifth book is a leadership futurist science fiction dystopian novel, The Olympus Project, and won a Gold Medal at the Readers’ Favourites awards in 2023.

Zoë is the producer of the Zoë Routh Leadership Podcast, dedicated to asking “What if…?” and sharing big ideas on the Future of Leadership.

Zoë is an outdoor adventurist and enjoys telemark skiing, has run 6 marathons, is a one-time belly-dancer, has survived cancer, and loves hiking in the high country. She is married to a gorgeous Aussie and is a self-confessed dark chocolate addict.

I am so happy to be introducing you to Zoë and to be able to ask her a few questions to help you get to know her even more.

What do you love most about writing?

There is nothing more satisfying than a well-crafted sentence that slips and slides through the brain with brilliant images, transporting the reader to another world. Writing offers an adventure, an opportunity to explore other times and other worlds – I love the magic of connecting one mind with another.

What do you think readers will love about your books?

Hopefully they love what I love about my work – imagining living on the Moon, the challenges to overcome, and the fun interactions of the crew.

Are you currently working on any new books or writing projects?

I’m working on book 4 in the Gaia series, Olympus Rising, and a nonfiction book on leadership and power.

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Do you have a favorite book or author?

So many! Dune by Frank Herbert remains central to my sci-fi imagination and yes, I loved the two films by Denis Villeneuve! I also love many historical fiction authors like Conn Iggulden and Kate Quinn.

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