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Laura Cream

Laura Cream

Shape Tickets Manager, Shape

I see two main difficulties associated with being a disabled person in a leadership position. First, you have to cope with the day-to-day demands of ordinary life, whether that be physical exhaustion or mental irritation at other people’s false assumptions or over-compensation. Then you have to avoid the temptation to take the easy option and not keep pushing yourself and others to achieve more. But most of all you have to remain open minded at all times and fight the tendency to view the world solely through your own personal experience of being disabled.

In general terms, I think a good leader should lead by example in everything they do – in the way they treat other people, the opportunities they give others, the standards and values they promote and the strategic vision that they set.