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Nicholas Mcatamney

Nicholas Mcatamney

What makes a good leader?

I think a good leader is someone who lets others in the group know what is expected of them and helps each member of the group achieve their potential.

This takes place after what I would call goals are set. I think for the motivation of the goal to be strong, everyone in the group must have a stake in this. This is why I believe that goals shouldn't be ordered down by a leader but goal setting should be a collaborative process between the group with everyone having an equal say.

Is leadership different for disabled people?

I think having an impairment or health issue is likely to impact in some way in every aspect of life including leadership. What is important to note though is that these health experiences can be advantagious to people like us, people with disabilities, too. For example, it can make us more resolute in times of a seeming crisis, it can make us have clearly defined goals as we may have limited physical energy. There are a number of potential spin-offs as we go about making positives out of negatives.

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

I still feel that what I call 'the soft bigotry of low expectations' prevales amongst members of the abled bodied community. They do not seem to realise or understand the huge potential that exists within their disabled brothers and sisters. This is very sad. Perhaps it is because of the segregated school system i.e. special schools versus mainstream schools, that this exists?

Regardless of why it exists I feel that people with disabilities should be given more opportunity to prove themselves in leadership roles.