Design Leadership

My job is to foster a caring and empowering environment that inspires creativity and enables collaboration.

My leadership approach

I am a big advocate of creating cross-functional teams to enable lateral design. I subscribe to the EPD (engineer, product management, and design) organizational structure described by AirBnB as the 3-legged stool that supports the organization‘. I believe each of these functions should be aligned from inception through to launch. In using established design frameworks and workflows, such as the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and the Design Council’s Double Diamond, I aim to achieve efficiency and predictability in the design process.

I believe in leading by teaching. I am always eager to nurture young design talent and enjoy coaching and empowering the members of my team. I actively participate in the design community through both volunteer work and mentorship programs.

Learn more about my leadership strengths as defined by the Korn Ferry Leadership Assessment framework below.

Leadership Attributes

My key leadership attributes as indicated by the Korn Ferry Leadership Assessment framework.

This assessment framework provides data-driven insights to determine leadership attributes based on competencies, traits and drivers.

Competencies

Engages & Inspires

Strategic Vision

Develops Talent

Manages Ambiguity

Persuades

You communicate a compelling strategic vision for the organization and inspire others to do their best to achieve organizational objectives. You translate future-oriented ideas into a viable organizational strategy and reward the creativity that generates breakthrough approaches and solutions. You also tend to build a culture that develops talent, ensures leadership excellence, and promotes learning and reflection. You establish an organizational culture that tolerates uncertainty and flexibly responds to change. You negotiate and persuade skillfully and proactively shape stakeholder opinions in order to gain support for key business initiatives.

Traits

Social Leadership

Agility

Energy

You tend to tackle complex challenges with a mix of creativity, flexibility, and careful analysis. When leading others, you likely strike an effective balance between promoting autonomy and building relationships. Your pattern also suggests you approach challenges with a strong level of commitment and drive, and will not back down from obstacles and setbacks. Energy is related to high performance as well as overall career success and management level. It is a quality that brings resilience and achievement orientation in the face of ambiguity and obstacles. A particular area of strength for you within Energy is the degree to which you are comfortable taking charge and directing others. People with high scores in this area tend to excel in high-level management roles that require visionary leadership in times of change and transition.

Drivers

Balance

Collaboration

Challenge

Structure

Independence

You are motivated by new, complex, difficult problems. An ideal environment is one that fosters entrepreneurial pursuits and a high degree of achievement in the face of tough obstacles. People driven by Independence perform especially well in highly ambiguous situations where the role requires navigating change. Independence is a good fit for organizations focused on innovation.