“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less” - C.S. Lewis
Leaders have to be humble. Design leaders practice humility as they’re often responsible for someone’s most precious cargo, “their creative ideas”. Creatives are a sensitive bunch, and someone may have not yet developed their “thick skin” for critique.
Good design leaders masters in the art of the “critique”. Humility gives a great skill foundation which to help others improve an idea or concept via thoughtful, constructive criticism.
Design leaders are the position where they often have to assess a creative idea, they have to be appreciative of the creative work and simultaneously honest in the assessment of that work.
Within larger organizations design leaders serve as a sieve for external critique by partners who aren’t aware of the art of constructive critique. Humility helps us get that sensitive work done.
Humility is a key habit of exceptional leaders.