Are you interested in becoming a more impactful leader? Niel McLean shares his insight into being a servant leader and nurturing his team. He provides advice for current and aspiring leaders that will help them learn how to build a strong and effective team. Learn more about how Niel became inspired to go into leadership and how his experience has shaped him as a leader from the full discussion on The Product Design Podcast.
In episode 56 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Niel McLean, Director of Product Design at Evolus. Niel brings his perspective of a servant leader, sharing what he has learned about leadership throughout his career.
During our chat, Niel shared how he got his start in design and how mentorship had been a key to his long-term success. He discusses how to gauge if your team is burning out and how to nurture your team to ensure their long-term success. This episode will help leaders to make a more significant impact on their organization and product designers looking to grow into leadership roles.
This article will focus on Niel’s approach to nurturing his team through servant leadership.
How Niel Approaches Servant Leadership to Avoid Burning Out His Team
When building an effective UX team, leaders need to prioritize their team members' well-being and work-life balance. Burnout is a real concern in the fast-paced design world, and being vigilant and responsive to the signs is vital. Here are a few ways Niel nurtures his team through servant leadership.
“My job as a leader is to empower my team and to give them the tools that they need to be successful so that they can do their best work. I call it servant leadership, but really to me, there's no other way to lead a team successfully.”
“When I'm giving you an opportunity, and this is your first job, I want to set a baseline for you. A career is a marathon, and I don't want folks on my team ever thinking that it's okay to be overworked by an organization or burn themselves out just because they have a passion for it.”
Thank you so much, Niel!
Thank you, Niel, for taking the time to join us on the show and share so much valuable insight into leadership. From your experience with mentorship and how it shaped your career to your approach to servant leadership, it was so interesting to hear your advice. Niel has gained a lot of wisdom as a leader, and we are happy to have the chance to talk.
Listen to the episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes Niel’s non-traditional journey into design and advice on helping team members level up! Don’t forget to follow Niel on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to see what he is doing!
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