Jackie Baugh Moore is the vice president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation.

Jackie, tell us about your early years. 

I was born in Washington D.C., grew up in Houston, and moved to San Antonio when I was in high school. I grew up in a small but very close family, which included my mom, my sister, and my grandparents. I graduated from high school a year early and went to Baylor University, where I had an outstanding college experience with many leadership opportunities.

How has your family background influenced the way that you lead? 

I was very much influenced by my family, all of whom held leadership positions at church, in denominational activities, and in their professional lives. Their focus in those leadership roles was to listen to people and to take time to make decisions that were considerate of others and of best practices. Their emphasis was also on being involved rather than watching from the sidelines, and they taught me by example that you speak up when there are negative influences and you help people who need help.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I have been a somewhat reluctant leader at times. I am comfortable as a leader if I am asked to lead or feel like I am needed. I have learned to take all opinions into account, because I have difficulty making decision without a lot of input. I am also a brainstormer and often focus on the big picture ideas, but at the same time, I am one-track minded when I have an important job to do. I am a worrier and not usually a big risk taker, so I like to surround myself with a team that balances out those traits. I am fiercely loyal and willing to be assertive to protect people I love.

Who shaped your leadership style or mentored you as a leader? 

I do not think one person mentored me, but I have been heavily influenced by my grandparents. They had very different leadership styles, and I tend to be a blend of those.

What qualities have you observed in other leaders that you have incorporated into your own leadership style? 

From good leaders, I have learned the importance of accepting constructive feedback without becoming defensive and being intentional about listening to quieter or more introverted team members. I also have learned from them to slow down enough to be accurate. I often have to think about being patient and incorporating these processes as I make decisions.

What are some key leadership lessons you have learned in recent years?

I have learned to trust myself more and to be less self-critical. I have struggled with confidence until recently in some areas involving leadership. But I am learning that I am usually more equipped than I initially think I am.

 What words of wisdom would you share with young adults as they move into new leadership roles?

Remember that you have a lot of knowledge but not a lot of experience so ask for help and feedback every step of the way on your journey.

Make sure that your first priority is the people you serve and be patient with them and loyal to them.

Give people the benefit of the doubt and learn from them, but be careful about those you let into your inner circle.

Take time to discern who those inner-circle people should be and then trust your gut.