Stephen Gay

“The most successful leaders use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them.”

“Leaders who inspire the people with whom they work to stretch themselves and surpass expectations. These leaders use their smarts to make everyone around them smarter and more capable.” – The Multipliers (a book by the Wiseman Group)   This core belief is the intention I set everyday as a design leader.

Leadership methodology

I would like to share a selection of key leadership principles and approaches I utilize every day to coach and grow a world class design team.

Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.

Seth Godin

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

Lao Tzu

Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

The Mindset philosophy

One of the biggest barriers to an individual success is unwillingness to change or in other words having a fixed mindset. “In a fixed mindset individuals believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.” (1)

In contrast the key to your success is having a growth mindset. “In a growth mindset individuals understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” (2). Being open to practicing which means succeeding or failing in the moment, but always learning is clearly the key to success.

[1, 2 * “Stanford University’s Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset and Education”. OneDublin.org. 2012-06-19.]