It’s a rare, but much needed sight to witness world leaders show kindness in minuscule ways. And, this is exactly what the internet saw New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern do recently. The PM replied to Lily, an eleven-year-old who wrote a letter to her as a part of a school assignment. If this isn’t a top-tier example of how to be a leader, then we don’t know what is! Plus, this isn’t the first time Jacinda Ardern has won everyone’s hearts over by being her awesome self.
Lily had sent the letter back when the Covid-19 lockdown was first imposed and PM Ardern made sure to apologise for the delay in writing back! Lily’s father, Philip Bromwell posted an image of the letter on his Twitter account.
During the first lockdown last spring, our then 11-year-old had to write a letter to a leader for school. She chose @jacindaardern . Well, after “a busy few months” (!) for the NZ PM, Lily was delighted to get a personal reply! Great at leading, lockdowns & letters 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/E7WrRWBuNY— Philip Bromwell (@philipbromwell) March 3, 2021
Here is how twitizens responded to the thoughtful and kind gesture by the PM.
Ah isn’t that just lovely! She seems like such a lovely down to earth woman. Well done lily— Andrea Sheridan (@andreakennedy) March 3, 2021
Fantastic leader. And well done to your then 11yr old getting in touch with her. They couldn’t have picked a more inspiring leader in these unprecedented times.— Breda Duggan (@BredaDuggan3) March 4, 2021
What a Person, what a Role Model, what a Leader, what an Inspiration! #leadership #inspiration #RoleModel— Brian Kiely #Cork4Zero #BeaZeroHero #WeCanBeZero (@BrianKiely2) March 3, 2021
What classy females, both Lily and PM Jacinda Arden. Well done Lily!— Paula Hickey (@auntiepaulie) March 3, 2021
Can that woman get any better?? #hero #warrior— RouineHist (@HistRouine) March 3, 2021
That is class 🙌— Moher Cottage (@MoherCottage) March 3, 2021
Wow! Just when I thought @jacindaardern couldn’t be anymore of a legend— Oilibhia Muirchu (@oilibhia) March 3, 2021
That’s so cool. Lily and Jacinda are obviously both legends. Lovely by the NZ Pm.— Col Patterson (@ColPmusic) March 3, 2021
She is so amazing 💕— K A I (@kaigalway) March 3, 2021
What an inspiring pen pal! Proud to be a Kiwi in Ireland!— Susie Bioletti (@bioletts) March 3, 2021
If only all world leaders went the extra mile like this.