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Dolly Sen

Dolly Sen

Artist

What makes a good leader?

Someone who is confident but not arrogant, who is compassionate, genuinely interested in people, who will listen and guide, rather than push people. Someone who can make other people see that stepping out of your comfort zone is the only way to go. Someone who is intelligent, a doer, who believes in fairness, and seeks constructive criticism.

I see my current line manager as a good leader, just for those reasons. She believes leadership and what it entails, helps personal development and makes you a better person.

Is leadership different for disabled people?

It can have a knock on effect on confidence. The worry being if people look down on you, they won't see you as a leader. You can be all the things I have listed above, but the crunch comes to confidence, I think. The more you are involved in experiences and processes, the more confident you are in that arena. If you have been excluded from lots of areas, sometimes it is hard to build up the experience that feeds into confidence.

Do you think thre are barriers to leadership for disabled people that non-disabled people don't face?

Yes, apart from physical barriers, the attitudes of people towards disabled people, where they are seen as inferior, the 'Other', not one of 'them'. And also because of misconceptions, ignorance and downright prejudice, there is a lack of access to opportunities.