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Leading with Purpose and Adaptability: Insights from Stephanie Sirr

In this episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Stephanie Sirr MBE, an accomplished leader with a diverse career spanning from acting and stage management to her current role as Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse.


Stephanie’s remarkable journey reflects her adaptability and leadership acumen, which has earned her a well-deserved MBE. Her extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector, combined with her commitment to diversity, ethics, and the future impact of AI, makes her a valuable source of wisdom for aspiring leaders.


Episode Highlights:  


  1. Shaping Leadership Through Varied Careers: Stephanie shares how her diverse career experiences, from acting to stage management and cultural leadership, have influenced her leadership style and approach.
  2. Navigating Change and Uncertainty: Learn from Stephanie’s insights on leading through periods of significant change and uncertainty. Discover strategies for managing transformation effectively.
  3. Ethical Decision-Making in Leadership: Stephanie discusses the importance of making morally and ethically sound decisions as a leader and shares her approach to ethical leadership.
  4. The Impact of AI on the Arts: Explore Stephanie’s perspective on the intersection of artificial intelligence and the arts. Discover why she emphasizes keeping ‘purpose’ at the forefront when delegating tasks to AI.
  5. Balancing Hands-On and External Leadership: Stephanie provides valuable insights into striking the right balance between being a hands-on leader and maintaining an outward-looking perspective, particularly in leadership roles.
  6. Authenticity vs. Acting as a Leader: Delve into the nuanced discussion of authenticity in leadership. Stephanie shares her thoughts on being authentic while recognizing the need for strategic ‘acting’ as a leader.


Join me for a thought-provoking conversation with Stephanie Sirr as we explore the multifaceted aspects of leadership, ethics, AI, and authenticity.


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