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Howard Hardiman

Howard Hardiman

What makes a good leader?

Creative leadership, I feel, comes in equal measure from an ability to give direction and guidance to people and from an ability to inspire others with your own achievements. Too much of one, or the other and you risk becoming dictatorial or arrogant. There are many figures who I admire in the disability arts field for their talent and hard work both in and out of the public eye, to pick out one or two would be to slight the many others!

Is leadership different for disabled people?

I think that leadership qualities do not change in a leader who has an impairment or health issue, nor do I think necessarily that facing those challenges makes you a better leader or person, but I think it's exceptionally important to have role models in whom we can see aspects of ourselves.

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

I think that having lacked visible role-models, many disabled people have the challenge of overcoming the judgments of others and our own internalisation of the perceived lack of value in disability and difference in all strata of industry and society.