I would describe myself as a person who has a strong sense of self. I’m confident in who I am, what my values are and what I want to achieve, but I wouldn’t describe myself as your typical Alpha male. My personality is a mix of introvert and extrovert. My extrovert side comes out when I’m presenting. I love to be on stage, finding a connection with my audience. But I also need time alone where I immerse myself in reading. This balance of personality types gives me a strong sense of empathy. I might not be the person who goes out regularly to the pub after work, or who joins in 5-a-side football socials, but I do find it easy to get on with most people as I take the time to get to know who they are. This is what helps me build positive working relationships.
I’m originally from Zambia but grew up in Botswana, where my mother played a massive role in shaping who I am today. Through her, I got to see the impact one person can have on a community as a force for good. She was (and still is) a nurse and displayed the amazing ability to be vulnerable, which drew people to her, even though she was the strongest person I will ever know. By always acting as herself, she was genuine, authentic and allowed people to trust her completely.