Jacinda Ardern resigns as prime minister of New Zealand. Why can’t we have more politicians like her? Everywhere.
Ardern became the world’s youngest female head of government when she was elected prime minister in 2017 at 37. She has led New Zealand through the Covid-19 pandemic, and a series of disasters including the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christ church, and the White Island volcanic eruption.
“I hope I leave New Zealanders with a belief that you can be kind, but strong, empathetic but decisive, optimistic but focused. And that you can be your own kind of leader – one who knows when it’s time to go,”
Asked how she would like New Zealanders to remember her leadership, Ardern said “as someone who always tried to be kind”.
The prime minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, paid tribute to Ardern, saying she “has shown the world how to lead with intellect and strength … She has demonstrated that empathy and insight are powerful leadership qualities.”
In a time when leadership is more needed than ever with all the turbolence in the world, we need more leaders and politicians to be like her.
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