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These days, politics is not the place to go if you’re hoping to find leadership role models, which is surprising given that political leaders seem to grab most of the headlines. Hardly a day goes by without the likes of Donald Trump and Theresa May on the front page. Yet despite their prominence, they serve more as cautionary tales of how not to lead than as lodestars. So it’s no real shock that neither features in Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. In fact, there is only one politician in the top ten: Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. How is it that the leader of a country whose economy ranks a respectable but hardly spectacular 53rd in the world is listed second on that list? Up until the terror attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, Ardern had, perhaps, been no more than an icon for liberal fanboys inspired by a talk at Davos just two months earlier. There, rather than choosing to showboat or pat herself on the back for New Zeala...

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