“Once you become a creative director, you realize that authority is an illusion. You’re a negotiator between the client’s taste, the designer’s ego, and the user’s need. You succeed when all three are satisfied.”
– Jeffrey Zeldman @ Cognition
So very true and applies just as well to every activity where there is a value-exchange. It is easy to imagine many freedoms when one does not actually play a new role. Almost always, the higher you go, more the constraints. No amount of reasoning can drive this point in sufficiently to one who does not face the situation directly. I really like the way the lead’s role and constraints are articulated.