In his book Design for the Real World, famed author and design philosopher Victor Papanek noted that "design is a conscious and intuitive effort to impose meaningful order. Design is both the underlying matrix of order and the tool that creates it."
This is a reminder that leadership is not just about processes, data and decision making. Great leaders must show some "heart and soul" as well as technical skills, for team members to follow them.
Effective leaders are intentional about designing workplace eco-systems where employees are made to feel like full-fledged members of an exclusive club. To design these kinds of environments, leaders have to know and understand the talents of each team member.
According to one Gallup survey of employers, people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life.
They also have to surround team members with systems and processes that support the amplification of those talents. This is where creative team design results in the establishment of group culture.
To see how design "intentionally shows up" in great leaders, listen to Simon Sinek in this fascinating TED Talk from 2015.
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