-Artistic Director, Enabling Radio Drama-
Good leaders ask; they try to understand others' goals, concerns, and ambitions. Augusto Boal, innovator, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, listens, works together with trainees continuously developing Theatre of the Oppressed.
We exist within a social framework that sees us as lesser. Thus self-acceptance, belief in ourselves is very difficult. If we feel excluded, we may “lead” by shouting from behind the barricades; no-one will follow. If we recognise our own weakness and vulnerability others will feel included. Together we'll shape our world.
Society see us first and foremost as disabled. We must prove our equality with non-disabled people before we are listened to. To be capable of understanding disabled perspectives, we must first recognise, and accept ourselves. Having an impairment is not of itself a qualification for being a leader of disabled people. Self-acceptance is crucial, but very difficult in a society that sees us first and foremost as disabled; thus denying our value. Self-affirmation is key; willingness to accept one's own weakness.