“I never grew up believing that my gender would stand in the way of my achieving whatever I wanted in life. I’m, after all, not the first, but the third female prime minister of Newzealand.” These are the words of Jacinda Arden – one of the youngest heads of the state in the world.
The way she managed the COVID-19 immediate health emergency and her discerning and compassionate response to the worst terrorist attack at the Christchurch depicts her unique leadership qualities to confront the crisis and to lead from the front.
The relentless, brave, accurate, and compassionate Jacinda Arden sounds like an emerging world leader with truly charismatic leadership qualities.
She is the woman who pursued politics in a unique way with her own convincing yet sharply focused decisions and actions embracing herself in the role of most popular prime minister in the entire history of New Zealand.
In May 2020 she received a 59.9 percent positive rating in an opinion poll making her the most popular Prime Minister in the entire history of New Zealand.
In her own words, the measure of a leader is the ability to confront the anxiety of the people of their time. and she proved so by changing the gun laws days after a horrific incident at the Christchurch.
She announced a ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons as well as all assault rifles. She managed that crisis compassionately getting praised from around the world for her quick decision making.
Going beyond the symbolic verbal condemnation that many contemporary heads of the states do Ms. Ardern made herself physically and respectfully present within the Muslim community as the grief exploded around New Zealand.
Sympathy and love for all Muslim communities were all that Ms. Arden called for when US President Donald Trump asked her at a phone call what the US could offer to help New Zealand after Christchurch attack.
At 37 she became the youngest leader of the New Zealand Labor Party, Arden is the second world leader in history to give birth while in office in less than a year after coming to power. The first being late Benazir Bhutto, who has been two times prime minister of Pakistan.
Apart from announcing a 20 percent pay cut for 6 months out of solidarity with the workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, she regularly updated her fellow citizens during lockdown via Facebook Live.