The Jacinda Model
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Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand is truly an inspirational leader. She leads from the heart. She leads with love. She leads with kindness, compassion and integrity. This young woman is showing the world what strong leaders look like, sound like and value.
Like many others, I admire this world leader.
I find her completely engaging, authentic and empowering. Check out her social media accounts – she is so committed to community. Jacinda is not afraid to reveal her ‘humanness’. She creates credit with the New Zealand people (and this Australian) by bravely owning her vulnerability and connecting with everyday people in everyday ways. She demonstrates the values of her political beliefs in the way she lives her leadership. Jacinda is clear and caring. You know what she stands for and trust her to make informed decisions that are not surprising. She has created a transparency within her leadership style – the community is informed.
Leading with love
Successful leaders love their work and value the people they work with and work for.
Love is a some-what underused, yet essential leadership tool.
I worked with Steve Faberand his model of extreme leadership. He teaches leaders to LEAP – lead with LOVE, ENERGY, AUDCITY and PROOF.
Steve Faber says that leaders “love their work and the people associated with it so much that they embrace and inspire audacious decisions. They attack their work with a contagious energy. And they display an unwavering commitment to get things done. In other words, they willingly put themselves on the line to change their world for the better”.
Jancinda is putting herself in the line of change. She energetically engages with her work and community. She is constantly expanding the Prime Minister’s role and expectations. In times of crisis she has been an empathic and strong leader, woman, and ambassador for her people.
Check out her social media
Dr Brene Brownis another expert in brave leadership. In her book “Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough conversations. Whole Hearts.” Dr. Brown identifies the skills and qualities of vulnerability, relationship building, being self-aware and engaging in tough conversations as being essential for true, strong leaders.
NOW THIS IS NOTHING REVOLUTIONARY. THIS IS NOT NEW. These concepts have just not been in for a while.
Dr. Brene Brown introduces the research of Colonel DeDe Halfhill. Colonel Halfhill found that a significant number of the US Airforce where exhausted. She was able to link this feeling of exhaustion to loneliness and disconnection. This was so concerning to this Airforce Officer that she explored these findings more thoroughly. She also turned to a variety of leadership manuals for help and direction. Good leaders have the energy and insight to go deep to find solutions.
Halfhill found that the Airforce manual written in1948 listed one of the core values of humanness. She found that word and phrases were full of words like
“ to belong, a sense of belonging, feeling, fear, compassion, confidence, kindness, friendliness and mercy…. Here’s this military docunment that’s talking about leadership with mercy, and kindness, and belonging, and love.” (Dr Brene Browns book entitled ‘Dare to Lead’ 2018. P65)
Leading with love is not a new concept – it is an old one.
Why have we become afraid to lead with love?
I believe that authentic leadership means the leader must lead with love. They must love their business, love the people they work with and love the people they work for.
Modern leaders must remember what is important. They must be self-aware and brave enough to be vulnerable.
In an article, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses the meaning of happiness and what matters most to her. Her response is brave, authentic and well thought out.
Empathy and kindness, because that's what can drive social change. I think these are not just sentiments, they are tools.
They are what can motivate and drive you; certainly, they are two character traits that have motivated me throughout my political career. But having been raised in a small, rural community, I also value hard work, value being mindful of the community and people around you; and I value service.
Jacinda Ardern is a young Kiwi woman who is changing the face of leaders. She is connecting so strongly with the people she is leading. She builds connection with the people she working with, and the community she is working for.
Jacinda is bringing ‘humanness’ back into leadership.
The world is watching. We are in awe of her humanness. We are in awe of her strength. We are is awe of her strength.
I will continue to watch, listen and learn.
I kinda wish I was a Kiwi.