Fortunately, leadership is a creative practice. And as it turns out, designers spend years honing skills that are necessary to be a successful business leader in a rapidly growing company.


These designer “superpowers” include: creativity, vision, storytelling, empathy, and systems thinking.


Since creativity is the cornerstone of design, designers can simply apply this skill to a different set of problems as business leaders. The best designers are known for navigating ambiguity with ease and seeking interesting solutions to the seemingly impossible.


Design is inherently a visionary discipline. Even the smallest design project must envision a world different than the current one, and the largest projects define the direction for entire businesses.


A vision without the means to express it and rally others around it can never be real. Creating a narrative around a vision is what makes it exciting and actionable for the people who are tasked with executing it.


At it’s best, design is inherently in the service of others. Human-centered design, usability and accessibility are all about maximizing ease of use and offering meaningful interactions and experiences for others.


From designing simple interfaces for complex enterprise management tools to defining multi-stream product development process across multiple parts of the organization, designers spend their career honing the ability to turn the complex into the navigable.


Leadership


by Mia Blume · Design Leadership Coach + CEO at Design Dept
in Designing A Way to the Top

by Mia Blume · Design Leadership Coach + CEO at Design Dept

in Designing A Way to the Top

More on Leadership

by Inside Design by Invision
in What design leadership means to Accenture’s Christina Goldschmidt
by Inside Design by Invisionin What design leadership means to Accenture’s Christina Goldschmidt


by 99U
in How to Avoid Miscommunications & Email Like a Real Human Being 🙌
by 99Uin How to Avoid Miscommunications & Email Like a Real Human Being 🙌


by Alastair Simpson · Design Leader @ Atlassian
in 10 things they didn’t tell you about design management
by Alastair Simpson · Design Leader @ Atlassianin 10 things they didn’t tell you about design management


by Erika Hall · Co-founder of Mule Design
in Design in the Age of Anxiety
by Erika Hall · Co-founder of Mule Designin Design in the Age of Anxiety


See All Quotes


Subscribe for weekly UI & UX highlights!

I promise. I won't spam you. 🤝