What makes a good leader?
A good leader ignites passion and energy whilst providing boundaries and support. They respect and encourage individual strengths whilst balancing the needs or the team and project's ultimate goal.
Is leadership different for disabled people?
It doesn't have to but it can. Without accessible, practical and integrated working practices (i.e. active flexible working) people with health issues or impairments can become exhausted, disorientated, depressed. It is hard to continue to be inspired and be innovative when constantly faced with the general daily battles of exclusion and ignorance in every day life. A leader with this kind of 'battle' experience can be better equipped and more deeply motivated then someone else. However, to preserve their own leadership qualities they must identify and enforce the working practices that will not cause further health issues or inability to perform.
Do you think there are barriers to leadership for disabled people that non-disabled people don’t face?
There are barriers. Lip service may be paid to all issues around equality and diversity but when it comes to working practice very little is monitored, assessed, and if necessary enforced.