Exceptional design leaders work relentlessly to achieve results but also instill fun along the way. They understand the value of joy, humor, and playfulness. We're all human at the end of the day, humor disarms people in a way few other things can. Don't take yourself too seriously, we are after all all on a path and just trying to get somewhere.
- Know your team. Understand the types of activities and interactions your specific team will find fun. One size does not fit all.
- Make time for socializing. Leave room in schedules for casual social interactions to build rapport and trust.
- Organize offsite activities. Plan periodic morale-boosting activities outside the office like dinners, picnics or rec activities.
- Loosen up in meetings. Interject levity, laughter, and informality appropriately into team discussions.
- Show your silly side. Let your guard down at times to show you don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Participate in events. Attend and actively participate in events you orchestrate rather than just observing.
- Role model work-life balance. Demonstrate you work hard but maintain hobbies, family time, and self-care.
- Communicate playfully. Balance professional tone with warm, informal language in writing and presentations.
- Personalize interactions. Relate to each individual’s interests and personality when chatting.
- Celebrate wins exuberantly. When milestones are reached, celebrate energetically with the team.
While driving towards ambitious goals, regularly inject humanity, humor, and fun into the journey. Morale and results rise in unison.