Jacqueline is a leadership coach and training facilitator, and has been working with Global Warriors for over four years. She is passionately curious about what motivates and inspires people and loves working with people to explore and fully understand what is really important to them and for them to believe that anything and everything they choose to achieve is possible. She is committed to her own ongoing personal development and finding balance in life. She is a very proud mother to Samantha and Matthew, lives in East London and has a life long love affair with dancing.
When are you at your happiest? I’m happiest when I’m dancing. Dancing has been in my life since my mum sent me to my first class when I was two years old. I still have my first very tiny pair of tap shoes. Since those early years I have continued to dance in one form or another and about a year ago I discovered salsa. I have been having a one to one lesson each week and when I come out I am floating – it connects me to myself and gives me harmony with my mind, body and soul. My dance teacher, Gary, is like having another coach in my life. Gary is always saying things like “complete your turns” and “don’t anticipate“ which are metaphors for my life as I can be a bit of a procrastinator and often I’m trying to be one step ahead of myself!
I recently completed an Evocative leadership programme that culminated in camping for a week in a canyon in New Mexico. In isolation – no toilet, no bathroom and no hairdryer!! I’m still amazed and so proud that I made it through the week. I learnt a lot about myself there. It showed me just how much courage I have and what I am capable of – if I can do that I can do anything! Now the memory is my special “go to” place, when life feels a little stuck. I can transport myself back to being in that vast expansive space and dream about what I can create or make possible for myself.
What is your greatest fear? I do have a fear for my two children – always wanting them to be safe and happy. Apart from that, I have learnt that there is nothing really to be fearful about as I trust that I have the strength and courage to navigate through whatever is thrown at me. We all have that within ourselves and we just need to remind ourselves from time to time.
What is your earliest memory? I must have been about 3 or 4 sitting on my Dad’s lap, listening to the radio whilst he sang in a Frank Sinatra style. I felt so loved and protected. I always had a close bond with my Dad, perhaps due to the fact that he delivered me!
Who do you most admire and why? My Mum – she had quite a hard life, she lost her Father at aged 4 and grew up during WW2. She had 5 children and always worked hard to do the best for us and for other people. She very much handed down her strong values and I still hear her saying “always do your best.” When I face difficult situations I always wonder what or how she would deal with things.
What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself? My procrastination – I start so many things, especially books, and do not finish them.
What was your most embarrassing moment? Shortly after having my daughter I joined a gym to lose weight. I had been on the treadmill and as I got off (with my jelly legs) and surrounded by really cool fit people I, not very gracefully, stepped off of the treadmill and fell flat on my face. – A very Bridget Jones moment!
What do you owe your parents? My parents always lived to their means and to their values. They gave me a good sense of right and wrong and a strong work ethic – great gifts from both of them.
What does great leadership look like? Leadership is about giving ourselves permission to create the life we want to have which also inspires others to do the same. Leadership is also having courage, even if that means standing in the fire at times. Being able to navigate through life, the good and the bad times, with determination to have the very best for all concerned.
What was your worst job ever? At about 14 I made the white paper frills for lamb cutlets. Night after night making boxes of frills for about 10p a box!
What is your best (clean) joke? What did the Buddha ask the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything.
What would you most like to change about modern day life? Modern day life is so fast paced and chaotic. I would love everybody to be more present and embrace being in the moment. Look for happiness in the ‘here and now.’ Not in the ‘if’ and ‘when.’
If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race? Be patient with us – we are getting there.
What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement? I love hearing about the difference that conscious leaders are making, however big or small. It is these differences that are transforming lives, families, colleagues, communities and beyond. Sometimes it is the little things that make such a big difference – like acknowledgement and appreciation of self and others.
What is your dream for humanity? To break free from limitations and discover a shared humanity.