When asked by the NYT about what his focus on design has taught him about leadership, and whether or not good designers make good leaders, Scott Belsky said:
So much of leadership boils down to communication, and so much of communication boils down to design. I think most leaders overestimate the value of meetings and underestimate the value of visual aids to drive alignment. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a mockup or prototype is worth a thousand meetings. Leaders without a design background should recognize the value of partnering with designers rather than outsourcing to them. Having a designer at the table when solving product or communication challenges is a competitive advantage.