What are the characteristics of the 21st Century arts leader? In From Imposter to Impact: Arts Leadership in the 21st Century
(Dahlia Publishing, 2019), Farhana Shaikh
, a writer, publisher, and journalist, details lessons from key arts thinkers. The book covers issues including funding, networking, audience development, the challenge of digital, and diversity in the arts. Crucially the book confronts the struggles and failures, as well as the successes, associated with developing an arts career and becoming an arts leader. The book draws on a wealth of interview data and the experience of the Curve Cultural Leadership Programme
, as well as Farhana's own reflections on imposter syndrome, motherhood, and arts leadership. These insights are now the basis for an arts mentoring programme
aimed at Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic writers, and the book is essential reading for anyone interested in the arts.