Nicky Little from Cirrus talks to Marie Claire

Jacinda Ardern has won a second term as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. But what is it, exactly, about Jacinda Ardern that makes her such a successful leader?

Marie Claire picked the brains of a whole range of industry professionals, including a human rights activist, a professor, a CEO and several leadership experts including Nicky Little from Cirrus, to get their thoughts on exactly what it is that makes Ardern such a powerhouse.

She’s agile

“Jacinda Ardern has many attributes of an agile leader that have proven successful in her first term and defined her character. In recent and more disruptive times, leaders must use disruptive thinking. We need to let go of much that was precious in the old world if we want to embrace the new,” says Nicky Little, director at leadership, talent and engagement consultancy Cirrus.

“An example of this earlier this year was Jacinda’s decision host a press conference aimed specifically at children, saying the young need extra help understanding the global coronavirus pandemic. Leaders have a fundamental role to play in understanding and creating an environment where individuals can break free from old assumptions and rethink how best to meet future challenges.”

© Marie Claire 2020

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