New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won plaudits all over the world since landing her country’s top job by demonstrating a brand of leadership that is both strong and very human.
Just one example of this is the way she has balanced motherhood with her responsibilities to the nation, that is, the same way millions of other working mothers do every day.
An Instagram post on the eve of Neve’s first birthday once again highlighted the relatability of Ms Ardern, who demonstrates the same mixture of compassion and apprehension as any other young parent.
The post features the cover of the Women’s Weekly Kids’ Party Cakes cookbook, with Ms Ardern asking for her nearly 650k followers to “Wish me luck”.
“Doing what so many parents have done before me. Waited till baby was in bed before trying to magic up a passable cake for the big first birthday,” she wrote.
The post has received thousands of responses, almost entirely offering encouragement or advice.
“Every Kiwi kid has to have a cake from that book at least once! A rite of passage. You can do it!” wrote Melissa Reid.
“I love how real you are, thank you,” wrote the user Fehmz.
“This is #momlife conquering mountains, embodying diplomacy, and waiting til they’re asleep to breathe for a second and then bake up a storm.”
‘It truly takes a village’
When she gave birth to baby Neve on June 22 last year, Ms Ardern quickly dismissed any suggestions she would be unable to cope with the demands of running the country while raising a child.
Ms Ardern has said becoming a mother “amplified” her desire to be a leader “driven by kindness and empathy”.
“To me, leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion and trying to build a consensus from there,” she told Newshub.
“I guess that can somewhat be applied to mother, as you are constantly doing whatever it is that your little one needs at that particular moment.”
New Zealanders have clearly been generous in offering support for Ms Ardern.
“PS To the many, many people who have wished our family well, sent knitted goods and passed on a piece of wisdom about parenthood over the past year — thank you,” she wrote on the post.
“It truly takes a village (and someone in said village may get a call if I don’t sort this cake!)”
Did she make the train? The pirate ship? Did it sink? Did Neve like it? So far there are no hints on her social media accounts.
The world now waits with bated breath for the results of the PM’s late-night baking attempts.