What inspires you?
Those who are utterly passionate and commited to what they do.
Which leadership development programme did you attend?
Advanced Leadership in the Creative Industries.
Why did you choose the programme?
It was exactly the training I had been looking for-and the chance to feed in to the pilot programme was a double incentive.
How do you relax?
Going for walks in the beautiful countryside.
What single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?
Having more time.
What is your greatest fear?
Failing to make a difference.
What pearl of leadership wisdom would you offer an emerging leader?
Have the courage to employ people who are 'better than yourself': Success is ultimately down to having a great and motivated team.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Homemade scones with lashings of strawberry jam and clotted cream.
What words or phases do you most overuse?
General hyperbole "That's fantastic/excellent. etc."
What has been your most challenging situation as a leader?
Aquiring international music publications in 2005 (print publisher with exclusive deals with Warner, Chappell and EMI). Overnight our print catalogue and print programme more than doubled in size.
What did you learn from that experience?
Always be prepared for the worsen but keep positive and don't forget to keep staff morale high.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having achievable targets but always being able to see and work towards new opportunities on the horizon. True at home too!
Which book(s) are you reading at the moment?
Michael Frayn, Headlong
Which 'leader' from the past or present day do you most admire and why?
It is early days but Barack Obama immediately springs to mind, his charisma
Where would you like to live?
For now, Farnham (where I do live). At some point I'd love to live in Provence.
Did you experience any eureka! moments during your leadership development programme? If yes, what?
For me it was more about everything falling into place: understanding my own strengths/weakness, and learning to use this; the value of our business offering tools to aid leadership and the importance of learning from other's experience.
What is your favourite smell?
If you were a super hero, what would your power be?
Have you found your leadership development beneficial?
We have formed a fantastic network of co-leaders, collegues, and friends on whom we can rely on for objective advice/support on going forwards.
For what cause would you die?
What do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?
Delivering a successful resource on target and budget for Sing Up, the government funded national singing programme for primary ages children (E4OM Programme for four years). Its such a privalege to work on.
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
I think I must have blanked it out.
What would your 'leadership' motto be?
Have integrity, self belief and passion for all you do.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?
My husband, my grand piano, an e-book, a sharp knife and a cooking pot.
What is your favourite song?
In the wee small hour of the morning, by Stacey Kent, (But hard to choose-prob a great Jazz standard)
What keeps you awake at night?
An over active mind.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
Savour every moment, you never know whats round the corner.
Do you plan to do more leadership development? If yes, what area do you plan to focus on?
At the moment I still feel I'm involved with the ALCI programme-we're developing networks within the alumni group.But ultimately I'd like to develop more tools to assist my strategic thinking.
Name: Kathryn Knight
Organisation: Faber Music
Independent classical music producer established in 1965 to publish contemporary classical music (Benjamin Britten) and to develop printed sheet music. We now have a global reputation for our composers (contemporary, classical and media) and have won print Music Publisher of the Year for Last Five Years.