Reflections and intersections: disability, 'ableism' and metamodern leadership

BMJ Lead. 2023 Jun;7(2):88-90. doi: 10.1136/leader-2022-000623. Epub 2022 Dec 19.


In this article the author, the eightieth President of the Medical Women's Federation and a clinical academic, reflects on disability, gender, and leadership. She draws on lessons from her sixteen-year NHS career in HIV Medicine in East London, UK. She explores her experiences and challenges as a Consultant Physician who became invisibly disabled and reflects on how her chosen leadership style has evolved in parallel. Readers are encouraged to reflect on invisible disability, 'ableism' and how to navigate conversations with colleagues.

Keywords: clinical leadership; medical leadership; role modeling.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • London
  • Social Discrimination*