Finn McRedmond: Ardern’s mode of leadership is not simply outdated, it is irresponsible too

Ardern can enact national policy but failing to adapt to change is not heroic

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern  was described as the world’s greatest leader by Forbes in 2021. Photograph: EPA

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern was described as the world’s greatest leader by Forbes in 2021. Photograph: EPA

There was a strange episode during the pandemic where many ceded to the idea that women leaders were better at managing virus-stricken nations than their male counterparts.

Their feminine qualities of empathy and warmth stood in contrast to the men who were too hot-headed, power hungry and in possession of too much self-confidence to handle such a high-stakes climate.

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