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ERIC Number: EJ1173682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
What Disability? I Am a Leader! Understanding Leadership in HE from a Disability Perspective
Emira, Mahmoud; Brewster, Stephanie; Duncan, Neil; Clifford, Angela
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v46 n3 p457-473 May 2018
This article is based on the findings of an externally funded, mixed-methods research project conducted at one English university. This small-scale project aimed to examine leadership, barriers to becoming a leader and the support needed to overcome them, from the perspectives of disabled staff. An online questionnaire was sent to all 66 members of staff who had disclosed their disabled status to the university and 22 responses were received. Twelve participants were then interviewed as two focus groups to discuss their views on leadership and its relation to their role. Six more respondents opted for individual face-to-face/telephone interviews. The findings indicated that over half of the respondents were already engaged in 'formal' leadership and even more exercised 'informal' leadership. This key finding seems to contradict the under-representation of disabled academics in leadership reported in the literature. Despite their engagement in leadership, disabled staff faced several institutional and personal barriers. The findings suggest that having an impairment per se might not necessarily deter disabled staff from exercising leadership. A number of support strategies are recommended to facilitate their participation in (formal) leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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