learning the art of leadership

How would you design a leader?

There is a beautiful diversity when you look at leaders, each shaped by how they’ve been created and the experiences they’ve had. A Leader doesn’t fit a singular template to be copied. Leaders aren’t manufactured, they’re cultivated.

Leadership contains common themes, uniquely expressed in each leader. The design elements shape who we are as leaders, informing what kind of leaders we become.

This series explores six design elements that are not only important to visual design but to leadership design as well.

  1. Priority
  2. Alignment
  3. Proximity
  4. Contrast
  5. Negative Space
  6. Rhythm

As we dive into each element, I’ll provide tools to help you discover your own design and take the next steps of growth. Let’s get started...

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Why Priority is Critical in the Design of a Leader

If you're not prioritizing, then you're not leading. Identifying what is priority and orienting yourself and others around it is essential work for any leader.

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Why Alignment is so Important to Leader Design

Aligning with your priorities and how you’ve been designed will be your highest ROI as a growing leader.

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You Should Consider Proximity Essential to Your Leader Design

Who you spend time with will shape you as a leader. Your leadership community can be your leadership super power.

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You Need Contrast to Grow as a Leader

Contrast cultivates empathy in us as leaders. Everyone has a role to play. If you’re only around people like yourself, you won’t grow.

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How to Use Negative Space in Your Design as a Leader

As a leader, we often feels like our work is never done; there is always more. We usually don’t need more. We need less.

Building with Rhythm

Rhythm is Critical for the Longterm Health of a Leader

You need to establish a cadence of life to guide you. Embrace the rhythm you were designed for and allow it to orient your leadership journey.