Characteristics of Disability Leaders: An Atlantic Canada Profile

  • Mario Levesque Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Mount Allison University

Abstract

Leadership in the nonprofit sector including the disability sector has changed with the growth of the neoliberal state with governments downloading their social policy implementation role to civil society actors. The competitive climate disability nonprofits now find themselves in calls into question the leadership and skills required of their leaders. Based on 58 semi-structured interviews, this article develops a profile of Atlantic Canadian disability organization leaders— executive directors and government disability program managers. It argues that existing leadership models insufficiently capture their operating logic and finds disability leaders increasingly transformed into a new entrepreneurial role, which challenges service provision for persons with disabilities.

Author Biography

Mario Levesque, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Mount Allison University

Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, Mount Allison University

Published
2020-02-27
Section
Articles