Her leadership style is one of empathy in a crisis that tempts people to fend for themselves. Swept into power as part of a wave of progressive, young leaders alongside France’s Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s Justin Trudeau, she learned she was pregnant just days before being sworn into office in 2017. Jacinda Ardern, the 39-year-old prime minister of New Zealand, is forging a path of her own. Like many around the world, I’m totally captivated by Jacinda Ardern, the courageous Prime Minister of New Zealand. That attentiveness is a vital component of Ms. Ardern’s leadership style — what has come to be known as her politics of kindness. She has shown remarkable leadership in the wake of the atrocious terrorist attack that took place in the city of Christchurch, where at least 50 Muslim worshippers were killed and another 50 wounded.. At 38 years old, Ardern is the world’s youngest female head of state, and her age and gender have informed her progressive ideals and style of leadership.