Leadership and Communication

Leadership and communication are two key skills and values I carry with me to every aspect of my job, from management to research to design.

What does leadership mean to you?

I empower teams with trust, communication, and the tools they need to deliver products and enjoy their workday. This kind of leadership is more than delegating tasks. Leadership also doesn’t always come from the designated project lead. Instead, to be a leader is to carry a mindset that it is not only your job to finish your own work, but to help the entire team in their work as well. Leadership then feeds directly into communication: to take on this shared responsibility of work, you need to understand your colleagues’ skill sets, strengths, and weaknesses. Leaders aren’t dictators; rather, leaders are a manifestation of teamwork.

How do you use leadership and communication in the workplace?

Because leadership and communication are more than designated roles, every project can benefit from these skills. Being a leader in the workplace can mean anything from speaking up for others, asking for help, setting a positive example, or taking action without being asked. This doesn’t mean that being a leader means taking on everything, though: saying no and setting boundaries can take even more leadership skills than saying yes.

Being a workplace leader also means fostering innovation. It is my job as a leader to not only present my team with new ideas but to create and maintain an environment where their new ideas are welcome at the table. Innovation stems from an abundance of diversity which can only be available when all parties are encouraged to speak up. This environmental inclusivity is a great example of how communication feeds directly into positive leadership.

How do you use leadership and communication to create this enviornment?

  • Transparency

    Being up front with expectations, deadlines, and requirements.

  • Honesty

    Sharing all of the good news and all of the bad news with the team.

  • Courage

    Speaking up, making mistakes, and asking questions.

  • Respect

    Establishing and understanding boundries of all parties.

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