Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has topped this year’s Fortune list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. The honour is a result of her impressive handling of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in her country which was also a major reason behind her resounding victory in the 2020 parliamentary elections. Ardern was also among Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in 2020 list for the same reason.

But even before the COVID-19 crisis, Ardern received consistent praise for, what her admirers call, her leadership with empathy. When she came to power for the first time in 2017, Ardern was the world’s youngest female head of the government. She created history in February 2018, by walking in the Pride Parade in Auckland. She has been praised for her quick response to the Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption in the country’s Bay of Plenty in December 2019. And earlier in the year, she made headlines for showing empathy with the…

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