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7 Questions with Jackline Christopher
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7 Questions with Jackline Christopher
Name: Jackline Christopher
Current title: Founder
Current organisation: The Power of Sentence
Jackline Christopher is a community development activist, philanthropist, and artist engaged in acting, poems, and quotes writing.
She has worked in various organizations such as Kite Dar es Salam as Publicity Officer and Unleashed Africa in engaging with the community as an actress in Open Arts Nights that are facilitated by Unleashed Africa and BRAC Tanzania, a community development organization that is focused on the alleviation of poverty within the community as Communications Officer. She has also coordinated numerous charity events, beach clean-ups, and community banquets that aim to make humanity come to life.
She is the founder of the Power of Sentence, a platform for youths that aims to celebrate The Power of Sentence by sharing experiences. This tends to see the influence of a sentence negatively or positively on the youths by hearing from real-life experiences.
She is also the author of The Hundred Sentences and the Words That Follow book, which is a series of uniquely crafted sentences in form of quotes and poems that address different life themes and aim to speak closer to an individual’s mind.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Risk Management, especially during staff visits to interior places in regions.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
The Power of Sentence was found during the difficult times I was facing back then when I was a university student, and saw opportunity in making available tools and initiatives to address the issue of mental health to youths, something that is not quite covered in my nation. Thus the establishment of the entity.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Like any normal weekday when the sun hits the side of the earth that I am in, I say my prayers, prepare for the day with enthusiasm and positiveness, work through the day and ensure I do not forget about myself. Hence having several breaks every now and then. When the day is over I go back home, read a chapter then say my appreciation prayers and sleep.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
I have learned to be bold and disciplined and that as a leader and as a human, we are given a certain amount of time here on earth. I have recently lost my president and as bold and disciplined as he was, I am triggered to do my best in serving the community and have quality time with my family before everything else. I have also learned to value everything that I have no matter how big or small that it is.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
My recently published book, The hundred Sentences and the Words that follow, how it got there is a story for another day, hopefully when I get a platform. But this collection of uniquely crafted messages on different life things changed the way I thought in many ways, I overcame a number of things while producing it in areas of resilience, forgiveness and hope as a leader.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
1. I set and agree on goals that I want to achieve.
2. Provide a room for opportunities.
3. Learn from effective role models.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
The moments when I was required to make tough decisions for the betterment of the entity. Looking back now, I see the importance of sacrifice as an important cup that a leader has to hold and drink from every when it is sour. Sacrifices always produce great things.