Designing Leadership That Works

Kurt Yalcin
15 min readNov 30, 2018

Leadership is easy to recognize but hard to define. The shape of leadership, as it develops in the design industry, is at once familiar and fresh. Given that “design is way less mature than other corporate functions, and its practice and impact suffer because of its lack of sophistication,” it is crucial for designers, managers, and future leaders to understand how design leadership forms (Merholz & Skinner vii). So I set out to…

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