Top 10 book picks from design leaders at 2023 Leading Design Conference
November 22, 2023
On the 8th and 9th of November, the Askable UK team attended the 2023 Leading Design Conference. This event brought together over 200 design leaders from across the globe for two days of inspiring talks, amazing food and connecting with other global design leaders, all under the beautiful canopy of the Barbican Conservatory.
Whilst at the conference, the team facilitated an activity where we collected insights on two key questions; (1) what is a book that changed the way you lead? and (2) what has been your biggest leadership challenge this year?
In this post, we've compiled a list of the top 10 books, each offering unique perspectives and actionable strategies for effective leadership in design and beyond.
1. Org Design for Design Orgs: Building and Managing In-House Design Teams
This book provides a comprehensive guide to structuring and leading in-house design teams. It covers essential topics such as hiring, developing processes, and fostering a culture of innovation, making it a must-read for anyone managing a design team.
3. Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators
This field guide complements the previous book by providing real-world applications and exercises to overcome team dysfunctions. It's a hands-on resource for leaders looking to enhance team dynamics and performance.
4. Continuous Discovery Habits: Discover Products that Create Customer Value and Business Value
This book is an essential read for leaders in product design and development. It focuses on building a continuous discovery process that aligns product development with customer needs and business goals.
Daniel Kahneman's seminal work delves into the dual systems of the human mind and how they influence decision-making. It's a thought-provoking read that challenges leaders to understand and harness the cognitive biases and heuristics that shape our decisions.
This book is specifically tailored for leaders in the field of content design. It provides strategies for managing content teams, developing content strategies, and integrating content design into the broader design process.
9. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You
Ideal for new managers, this book offers practical advice and personal anecdotes on the transition from individual contributor to leader. It's a relatable and insightful guide for anyone stepping into a managerial role.