Design Leadership

Design-driven leaders are masterful at identifying and seizing opportunities, navigating ambiguity, experimenting to learn, adapting to changing circumstances, and generating meaningful outcomes for their customers, their teams, and their businesses.

Our design leadership coaching helps individuals develop and master the core mindsets and practices of design thinking and experimental innovation.

Working with Lightshed has been incredible. The sessions are so personalized and we get straight to the point quickly. I couldn’t recommend the Lightshed team enough, and I couldn’t imagine a person that this work wouldn’t help.
— Christopher Lloyd Strieter, Founder @ Senses Wines

Where We Focus



For those new to formal leadership, we build a strong foundation of sustainable, long-term design leadership mastery. We’ll help kick off the design leadership journey for:

  • High-potential individual contributors

  • First-time managers looking to lead with design

  • Anyone eager to incorporate a design-driven approach into their work.



For those with more leadership and management experience, we assess their leadership approach and identify ways to make it more design-driven. We’ll help deepen the practice of design leadership for those who:

  • Have experience leading and managing but are new to design and design thinking

  • See design thinking as a way to elevate their leadership potential

  • Want to apply best practices for cultivating a culture of design thinking and experimental innovation.



For those in executive positions, we integrate methods for enabling and empowering a culture of creativity and innovation. At this level, we work with leaders who want to:

  • Build a human-centered, design-driven company from the inside out

  • Walk the talk when it comes to embracing design thinking in their organization

  • Lead by example to empower, enable, and fuel a culture of design thinking and experimental innovation

  • Develop strong creative leadership among their people


What It Looks Like

Our design leadership engagements are personalized, 1:1 coaching sessions aimed at helping you reach your leadership goals. Each engagement includes:

  • Leadership assessment & review

  • Regular 1:1 coaching sessions

  • Content tailored to your desired competencies


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