Design Leadership

Leadership Strengths

VIA Character Strengths

IDEO CEO Tim Brown says the world of business has never been more volatile or unpredictable. To survive, organizations need to come up with ways to differientate themselves from their competition. Constant learning is to research what's out there, analyze the opportunities, run structured experiments, fail, learn and iterate so we design something of value that people really want.

Curiosity is one of the strengths that is most robustly linked to satisfaction with work. Asking questions is one of the best ways to practice a curious mindset. Asking questions engage and inspire others. For example, asking an open or well-framed question during user research is critical to revealing quality insight. A curious mind seeks to uncover end-customer and client needs to design solutions to meet those needs.

A design leader leads the creative potential of an organization by generating, embracing and executing on new ideas. A creative mindset is essential for opening up a broader context and challenging assumptions. Being creative is fun and fosters an environment for original ideas. Creativity inspires us, and leads to new and interesting innovations and solutions.Shawn Carney, chief design officer and executive vice president at Philips says "Our role is to be creative. It’s our secret sauce, creativity is the magic dust, that ability to see thinks from another perspective. The ability to think outside the box.

Appreciation for when tasks are done with high quality. When events are performed with excellence. When we observe beautiful acts of kindness, bravery and fairness, we want to mimic the behavior to become a better person. When in the presence of design excellence, one is caught in feelings of awe and admiration for the work. A design leader must be a good practitioner first, to inspire other designers.

If you don’t love what you do you are not going to do a very good job of it. We are kind to others. This empathy is what makes great products. Kindness means seeing the potential in others. Giving kindness and appreciation to others empowers them to do things. It creates a culture where the team feels safe and appreciated.  They can try to break boundaries, because it is safe for them to take risks. We learn much more from mistakes, and that is why it is important that we don’t constrain ourselves.

Bravery is being able to stand up for something that is right. Even when others oppose. Being able to stand up against popular opinion. Being able to walk into fear, as fear is irrational and best confronted with rational thought instead of unbridled emotion.  As complexity of the context increases, my facilitative style of leadership becomes more necessary for success.

I am a people's person. I am tuned into my surroundings and often aware of the motives and feelings of others. My leadership impact is empowering others, enabling communicating, and helping others become leaders. When people look at me for direction, I assume responsibility for the team's success and challenges.

Scientific researchers found that the optimal positivity ratio for a flourishing team is nearly 6:1 (six positive interactions for each negative interaction). Positive organizational behavior (POB) focuses on people's strengths and psychological capabilities. The criteria meeting concepts of confidence/self-efficacy, hope, optimism and emotional intelligence (acronym CHOSE) is most representative of POB approach. By expressing gratitude a leader increases engagement and retention. According to a McKinsey study, praise and commendation was rated as the top motivator for performance. Experiencing gratitude makes us feel good and worry less. It improves our health and gives us more energy. Most of the time I believe that I can reach my goals and our team’s. Fostering a positive environment is crucial for team building

Transformational Leadership

Scientific research reveals teams lead by transformational leaders are much more effective. These leaders impact the organization, as well as the individuals exerting more effort.

I lead with an engaging and involving style to produce extraordinary results. I empower our team’s commitment. I foster safety. I encourage our team to step outside their own limitations and embrace their potential.

Victor Dulewicz and Malcolm Higgs
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