A great designer gets great clients because she deserves them. One of the ways that she became a great designer was by leading her clients to make good decisions, to have better taste, to understand her insight and have the guts to back it. That doesn't happen randomly. It happens when someone leads up.
If a project doesn't turn out the way I had hoped, it's a failure of leadership. My leadership. That's the challenge from Seth Godin's great post today.