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Robert Softley

Robert Softley

Equalities Officer, Scottish Arts Council

What makes a good leader?

The key to good leadership must be wrapped up in achieving goals. Regardless of an individual's leadership style, if they are able to achieve goals, particularly difficult goals, and enable others around them to do likewise, then they are an excellent leader.

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

The biggest barrier that I face is probably being taken seriously – I hope to have a style that’s friendly and approachable but this can sometimes be misinterpreted, due to my impairment, as being slightly infantile. Trying to keep this balance is tricky.