Kind List

Jacinda Ardern

The New Zealand Prime Minister practises kindness in her politics

The 40-year-old Prime Minister of New Zealand, whose daughter Neve is still just two, has earned plaudits around the world for the way she brought her country together to fight coronavirus. She did it by practising a new kind of politics based on kindness.

Jacinda told The Guardian: "Kindness, and not being afraid to be kind, or to focus on, or be really driven by empathy... I think one of the sad things that I've seen in political leadership is – because we've placed over time so much emphasis on notions of assertiveness and strength – that we probably have assumed that it means you can't have those other qualities of kindness and empathy.

"And yet, when you think about all the big challenges that we face in the world, that's probably the quality we need the most."

"It takes courage and strength to be empathetic, and I'm very proudly an empathetic and compassionate leader. I am trying to chart a different path, and that will attract criticism but I can only be true to myself and the form of leadership I believe in." - Jacinda Ardern

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