Daniel Szuc is the UPA Vice President.
Growing up we all had different people we admired including but not limited to our parents, teachers, friends, sporting heroes, business leaders, writers, actors and mentors. People who inspired us, opened our thinking or got us to look at the world differently.
As I get older and as I continue my contributions both in UPA and in the UX community, I have recently started to ask myself and my fellow colleagues what it takes to be a better leader. There are certainly some fantastic folks in the UX community and people that I both learn from and follow either in person, via discussion lists, RSS feeds, or Twitter.
Today I am intrigued by what moves people's minds and hearts towards positive ends and what it really takes to bring people together around important themes that affect us all today. This is especially relevant when trying to find a "shared language," independent of your role, for what it takes to deliver on better products and services.
I am definitely still learning, making plenty of mistakes along the way, but would like to share some basic learnings on what I think makes a great leader. This starter list is really intended to stimulate some discussion from you, the community, and I would like to hear from you about what leadership means to you.
Good leaders are:
I continue to read from a number of knowledge sources to help be not only a more informed practitioner but a better leader. I continue to be inspired by the UX community, the UPA Board, the UPA leadership and feel fortunate to be working with such clever and passionate people.
So what other traits do you think make great leaders?
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