Where Lean Leadership Begins
As with all lean practice, leadership begins with grasping the current state. For lean leaders that means understanding the external business environment, the organization’s internal environment, and our own capabilities, according to LEI CEO John Shook. “Lean thinking teaches us that we are all leaders,” Shook said. “We are all teaching all the time, and we are all leading all the time by example. “
Looking to develop your core leadership skills ? Here are some more resources:
- New!Lean Leadership for Executives
- Transformational Leadership: An Experiential Program for Lean Leaders
- Getting the Right Things Done
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- Lean Leadership Series
- An interview with Gary Convis on A3 thinking and lean leadership
- Anatomy of a Lean Leader (Introduction)
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Change Agent Skills for Lean Implementation Leaders
Learn how to lead others to and through implementation of lean change activities by persuasion, influence, demonstration, negotiation, and teaching.
Leading in a Continuous Improvement Culture: Engaging and Coaching Problem Solving Thinkers
This program is designed to describe this new role you can play as a leader in a program solving culture. It will also introduce skills that will help you be effective in that role and give you opportunities to practice them.
The Remarkable Chief Engineer
How can a system in which "we are all connected and no one is in charge" support purposeful and productive work? Toyota's famed Chief Engineer system has much to offer in this regard. John Shook explores how the leadership styles of, and ways of working by, the CE might provide something of a roadmap for all of us.
How Standardized Work Integrates People With Process
In this three part series on SW, John Shook argues that "the Toyota Way is a socio-technical system on steroids. A test for all our lean systems is the question of how well we integrate people with process (the social with the technical). Nowhere does that come together more than in the form of standardized work and kaizen."
Is Lean Thinking Art or Science? Yes
Calling the recent book Lean Conversations a landmark initiative on lean and the arts, John Shook observes that "If Jean Cocteau’s famous observation that 'art is science made clear' has meaning, we can all benefit from further exploration of the relationship between lean thinking and art & science."