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Steve Wilkinson

Steve Wilkinson

Runs the WheelchairSteve Organisation

What makes a good leader?

A good leader is someone who inspires and motivates others to achieve objectives. A leader also empowers the team to contribute new ideas to the project and helps them deliver them.

Is leadership different for disabled people?

An impairment will always provide obstacles to the experience of leadership while the World is still significantly inaccessible and people don’t fully understand how to deal with disability. However, a true leader will rise above those obstacles and find ways around the problem. I have always rebelled against exclusion with the attitude that anyone who says I can’t do something inspires me even more to show them that I can.

Do you think there are barriers to leadership for disabled people that non disabled people don’t face?

The business world is still not 100% ready to accept that disabled people can lead. It's important, therefore, that those of us who are or aspire to be leaders are willing to put our heads above the parapet and be seen.