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Simon Startin

Simon Startin

Artistic Director of The Ministry of Clowns

What makes a good leader?

A good leader puts faith in you. They encourage you to stretch the definition of yourself. They put more power in your hands and guide you to exercise it correctly.

Is leadership different for disabled people?

Disability promotes the idea of being an antagonist rather than the protagonist. It makes me snipe from the outside rather than getting involved. It makes me a good critic and can see problems very clearly. It also makes me a good satirist.

Do disabled people experience barriers to leadership that non disabled people don’t experience?

Apart from access needs, there maybe resistance from prejudice, but mainly there is nothing inherent in the individual. Often being energetic and inspiring and a crip can give you the benefit of surprise.