She’s been praised around the world for her strength, compassion and likability, and now New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has opened up about how becoming a mother has influenced her leadership.
Jacinda gave birth to her daughter Neve on June 21, last year – she’s the second Prime Minister to have given birth while in office (the first being Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1990).
How being a mum helps Jacinda Arden lead a country
Jacinda has revealed that becoming a mum to Neve “amplified” her desire to be a leader “driven by kindness and empathy.” Something many people can agree she has demonstrated.
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“To me, leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion and trying to build a consensus from there,” she told Newshub.
“I guess that can somewhat be applied to motherhood, as you are constantly doing whatever it is that your little one needs at that particular moment.”
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Just when you thought you couldn’t be any more grateful for your mum than you already are, you have your own child and your appreciation for your mum keeps growing with every day that passes. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums, mums of mums, mums being mums by themselves, and all those who play mum for those who need one. I feel incredibly grateful to those who help me be a mother, but I’m especially grateful for my own.
What’s more, Jacinda reveals that since she became a mum, she appreciates what all mothers do for their kids, particularly her own mum, Laurell.
“[I’ve learnt] that you appreciate your mum more than you ever believe you could when you have your own child,” she said.
“I couldn’t do life without her.”
In a recent interview with the BBC at the beginning of the year, Jacinda talked about the challenges of juggling motherhood with such an important job.
“The guilt of whether or not I’m a good enough daughter, sister, partner, mother – show me a woman who doesn’t,” she admitted.
“I’m’ a mother, not a superwoman” she said, adding that expecting women to do it all “does a disservice to all women, it raises expectations that no one can meet”.
So true! Who rules the world? Girls (and Jacinda).
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