From Amsterdam, New York City, London to Berlin I’ve been travelling for a few months interviewing digital leaders encompassing designers, Innovation Directors, MD’s and CEO’s.
Here are a few things I’ve learned:
It was refreshing to speak with Jens Riegelsberger from Google who opens up about being an introvert, and as long as you can inspire, lead, mentor, coach and foster a strong culture there is no reason why it should even be up for debate regarding being an introverted leader.
This can be executives, colleagues, teams or their mum. They live and breathe what they do, and they’re capable of selling in their craft.
From asking for a multi-million-pound budget to hiring an intern. Better listener than a speaker. They listen to what’s happening in the business outside of their teams, on the project, and within their teams? How do they solve these?
You can’t be a leader of one, you’re only as good as your team. They shield their team from business politics enabling great design. They believe in Mentoring and set up teams and process to allow people to grow, allowing others to take the limelight.
11% of leadership in design is female, but 53% of designers are female. How can we solve this massive problem? Mental stat.
They break silos and empower the team to close the gap. For example, when working in cross-functional teams, is the collaboration between design and development smooth?
They are big on value-based recruiting, hire for attitude and dislike BS ego.
Leaders empower people, managers manage things.
They’ve been around the block. Sorry, not sorry.
My podcast is called Digital Insider where I speak to a variety of leaders in the field, not just design related on insights into their lives, experience, advice to help others bridge the gap into a leadership role.
I’ve got some exciting episodes coming up including Tom Goodwin at Publicis, Sarah Mills at ConsenSys and a true celebrity of the design world. Keep your eyes peeled for that one! 😉