Jacinda Ardern: 'Political leaders can be both empathetic and strong'

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June 2, 2020

Jacinda Ardern: 'Political leaders can be both empathetic and strong'

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In this book extract, the New Zealand PM says too much focus on power and strength means leaders can lose sight of the need for kindness.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jacinda Ardern and I’m the prime minister of New Zealand. And I’m the third female prime minister, the second youngest, and the youngest female prime minister.

You were 17 when you joined the Labour party in New Zealand?

Yes, I joined a political party when I was a teenager and for me it wasn’t because I thought a life in politics was for me. Absolutely no! In fact, if anything, I thought it looked like a very hard life. It was because I was one of those young people that thought I’d like to change the world, even if it was in the smallest of ways, it just felt like I was doing something that would make a difference.

Click here to read the full interview by The Guardian.

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