You’ve proven yourself as a designer. And you’ve come to understand not only what your users, but your organization, needs. But does becoming a leader mean you have to stop designing? Absolutely not. As a leader, you apply your established skills and processes toward solving a new variety of complex problems. These new challenges require new insight into your organization and how it operates, so you can bring everyone together and solve user needs while also meeting business objectives.
This session examines the varying contexts and challenges of being a design leader. You’ll learn how to lead no matter where you are in your career, and gain practical takeaways for advancing design within your organization and understanding your role in making it happen.
This talk is empowering for all audience levels, but targeted towards those who want to take the next step in their career whether that be taking on more responsibility at work, writing or speaking to their peers, or making the step towards leading projects or people for the first time or being placed in a position to lead larger teams.
Assumed Audience Knowledge
This talk will be inspirational for designers who want to understand what being a design leader is. It is great for those ready to advance their career, whether leading projects or people for the first time or being placed in a position to lead larger teams.
Things Audience Members Will Learn
- Identify and understand different types of leaders and your own leadership style
- Learn how to lead based on your experience level and personal goals
- Develop empathy for your boss and other leaders in your organization
- Understand how the complexity of design problems increases as you continue to advance as a leader