Letting Go As a Manager
Anytime I talk to designers about what it means to be a manager, there’s always a lot of concern over two things: what it means to stop doing hands-on work and how it’s possible to force yourself to let go of that control. The prospect of not getting to design full-time is scary enough, to be sure. Add to that the potential randomness of someone else doing the work and it’s easy to understand why moving toward a management role can be intimidating and honestly pretty hive-inducing for designers (or anyone, really). Getting through that feeling required a few realizations that hopefully can help speed up your own transition.
There are much, much better designers than you out there.
I consider myself lucky in that, not having a formal design education, I kind of always knew this one. And lucky for you, most designers have imposter syndrome, so you probably suspect this as well. Wonder...
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