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Maxine Miller

QuestionWhat inspires you?

AnswerPeople who keep going

QuestionWhich leadership development programme did you attend?

AnswerPowerbrokers Placements

QuestionWhy did you choose the programme?

AnswerI chose Powerbrokers Placement to observe and participate in leadership in action in a different cultural context and to deliver an information-based project – the “Picture Dis” website

QuestionHow do you relax?

AnswerSinging / reading / daydreaming / writing (sometimes).

QuestionWhat single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?

AnswerCurrently, a private space in which to work and reflect (a library office would do!)

QuestionWhat is your greatest fear?

AnswerThat I will lose what I love.

QuestionWhat pearl of leadership wisdom would you offer an emerging leader?

AnswerCommunication involves listening as much as it does speaking

QuestionWhat is your guiltiest pleasure?

AnswerEnjoying an inability to sleep

QuestionWhat words or phases do you most overuse?

Answer“Yes, but ...”

QuestionWhat has been your most challenging situation as a leader?

AnswerWorking as a solo librarian without a library team.

QuestionWhat did you learn from that experience?

AnswerThe importance of communication and networking to fight professional isolation and the importance of marketing my service.The importance of communication and networking to fight professional isolation and the importance of marketing my service.

QuestionWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?

AnswerPerfect happiness would be to have no worries.

QuestionWhich book(s) are you reading at the moment?

AnswerIn the city: a celebration of London music (Paul de Noyer); Metadata (Marcia Lei Zhang and Jian Qin); and, Brown girl, brown stones (Paule Marshall)

QuestionWhich 'leader' from the past or present day do you most admire and why?

AnswerNelson Mandela who has behave with dignity.

QuestionWhere would you like to live?

AnswerWhere I am now.

Question Did you experience any eureka! moments during your leadership development programme? If yes, what?

AnswerI realised that I was my own worst enemy. – That I was being paralysed by the fear that I might have to give up aspects of my work with which I most identify to fulfil leadership potential.

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QuestionIf you were a super hero, what would your power be?

AnswerI’d be telepathic.

QuestionHave you found your leadership development beneficial?


Question Why?

AnswerI am learning to be more objective about what facilitates my leadership skills. I am learning to comfortably delegate more and so be able to stretch myself with more risks.

QuestionFor what cause would you die?

AnswerTrue socialism.

QuestionWhat do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?

AnswerProfessionally, this would be the ‘Picture Dis’ website but personally, it would have to be my children.

QuestionWhat has been your most embarrassing moment?

AnswerI was once mistaken for Grace Nichols at an event at the Poetry Society.

QuestionWhat would your 'leadership' motto be?

AnswerReflect before you act.

QuestionIf you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?

AnswerMy glasses; Beloved (Toni Morrison); Sula (Toni Morrison); Laptop with Wi-Fi connection; Family album.

QuestionWhat is your favourite song?

AnswerCurrently, ‘Love letters straight from your heart’ (Kitty Lestor)

QuestionWhat keeps you awake at night?

AnswerSecretly enjoying an inability to sleep

QuestionWhat is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?

AnswerWorrying is not a virtue.

QuestionDo you plan to do more leadership development? If yes, what area do you plan to focus on?

AnswerI would like to focus on mentoring support.


Maxine Miller

Name: Maxine Miller
Title: Library and Information Manager
Organisation: Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)
Location: London

Iniva is a leading UK contemporary visual arts organisation which creates exhibitions, publications, multimedia, education and research projects.