Understanding how to grow, manage, and mentor a team of design professionals.
It takes hard work, dedication, and incredibly devoted communication between people to have a successful team spanning multiple locations. It also takes trust.
Leading a team, mentoring designers, and instilling pride in the quality of work.
I come to the table with a successful history of taking an existing design practice, and evolving it to align with the direction the business is headed - constantly keeping a pulse on industry trends and making sure that our products are second to none.
Taking the time to understand your team, how they work, and what it is that motivates them to succeed.
Everyone is going to come to the table with unique strengths and areas for improvement, but they will also work differently. A good manager will craft a plan for each individual, not only for managing their work, but for identifying a plan for their career growth within the organization.
Involving your team in defining a process that makes everyone feel like they have ownership.
This will go a long way in making people feel comfortable with the process, since they will have a hand in shaping it. Whether it be review cycles, design sprint planning, or how to craft deliverables… A collaborative process creation will only lead to more consistency and higher efficiency.
Holding your team to a standard of craftmanship quality, backing their decisions with data and insights.
Any good design leader is going to need to hold product design reviews and challenge the team’s way of thinking. This will hold people to a high standard, and will ensure visibility across the design practice in terms of what people are working on and how their work impacts things like deliverable templates, design systems, and testing methods.
Above all, trusting in your team to come through for you. They will trust you to do the same for them.
Leading by example is something I try to do every single day. I work hard to make sure I’m forging a path for my team that sets everyone up for success - both from their perspective and the business’. Remote teams are a challenge, but when met with trust and lots of communication, people genuinely want to step up to the plate and elevate their work.
Making sure there is visibility for every individual in your organization to what opportunities for growth there are.
More than just an org chart, it’s important to convey to your team what their path forward is as they grow. Make it clear what the responsibilities are for each role, and be sure to set measurable goals to help each person get to the next level - helping them take certain steps to push them outside of their comfort zone where appropriate.
Not just managing, but being proactive in getting your people where they want to be.
Get on a schedule with your team to make sure that they have everything they need to succeed. This could be anything from getting them the right tools and onboarding resources, to checking in on their project work, and even reviewing their goals and career progression regularly. Being a leader means establishing strong and healthy relationships with your team.