In this post, I argue why Thought Leadership is a critical skill for designers to become good strategists who are better prepared to influence business decisions.
In order to influence the decisions that drive design forward, Strategy and Stakeholder Management become inseparable. In this article, I will talk about the importance of understanding and identifying Cultural, Social, Political dynamics of working with teams and stakeholders, master collaboration, and have a good grasp of what it takes to become a Trusted Advisor.
If designers want to influence and translate strategy in ways that drive their user experience vision forward, they must become both business-savvy analysts and synthesizers. What are the skills of a strategist designers need to become both business-savvy analysts and synthesisers?