Equal Measures; DALI Associates
What makes a good leader?
I think a good leader is someone who has a rock solid value system. This can support their beliefs and their vision, but also give them the parameters for adaptation and change. It also energises, inspires and draws others to want to share in that value system. A good leader must also be a ‘'diagonal' thinker (ie able to seamlessly transfer from lateral to linear thinking)- and last but definitely not least, a good leader must be happy to break the rules!
For me, high profile leaders within the women’s movement such as Germaine Greer would probably come out tops.
Is leadership different for disabled people?
Hmmn, tricky one. Answer: Not necessarily! But from a personal perspective and coming down from the fence, exclusion from a mental health perspective is a very particular exclusion. As it is a largely hidden impairment, one has to maintain clear boundaries at all times to ensure that the stresses - and joys - of leadership are not confused with one's own situation at any moment in time. And the exclusion is focused around a total lack of understanding as well as fear.
Do disabled people experience barriers to leadership that non disabled people don’t experience?
For barriers linked to networking (see DALI website link below)
Access and inclusion - the usual
Recognition, support and acknowledgement by peers (see High Time Report, available from the DALI website)
Lack of opportunities to develop skills in a way that is more conducive to flexible learning (as opposed to current Clore/'Boot Camp' approach).