Focus on the user.
Design with intention.
Iterate, iterate, iterate.
I've been fortunate to lead and collaborate with many talented people. At each stop in my career, I started as an individual contributor and was then promoted to lead the design team as a creative director.
As a leader, I strive to find ways to make the team stronger as a whole, improve the processes for how we craft experiences, and figure out the best ways to collaborate cross functionally. Furthermore, I want each individual to do the best work of their careers as well as find opportunities for growth.
As a designer, I have spent many years focused on the entire design process starting with user research, moving to sketching and wireframing, then prototyping and usability testing, followed by creating pixel perfect designs, all in conjunction with working collaboratively with other teams (PM, engineering, QA, etc) to build the product. I have always enjoyed the process by which a design comes to be more than actually seeing the final product.
I've designed delightful products. I've managed and led talented teams. Most of all, I've been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of amazing products and work with even more amazing people.