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10 Principles for Lean Leadership

by Isao Yoshino
April 6, 2021

10 Principles for Lean Leadership

by Isao Yoshino
April 6, 2021 | Comments (5)

Former Toyota leader Mr. Isao Yoshino has helped develop some essential practices at Toyota and beyond. A member of the four-man team working on the famous “Kan-Pro” initiative at Toyota, A3 coach and mentor to John Shook, and source of the wisdom in Katie Anderson’s popular book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn, Yoshino has inspired a generation of lean thinkers. When Katie launched her book, she shared a wealth of documents from Mr. Yoshino diving deeper into ways to lead and learn, including the following list of 10 leadership principles that Mr. Yoshino shared on April 18, 1991. Here they are translated from the Japanese:

 

 

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Katie Anderson April 27, 2021
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Thank you for highlighting Mr. Yoshino's leadership credo that he wrote when he was a mid-level senior manager at Toyota. In it, he consolidated 20+ years of learning to lead and leading to learn at Toyota. I was thrilled one day in Nagoya when he uncovered his original handwritten credo that was tucked away in his files for years, and that he translated it for us to now learn from.

I recently wrote an article and recorded a video to help others develop their own leadership credos as well: https://kbjanderson.com/leadership-credo/

For more information about Isao Yoshino's leadership credo and the story of how it came to be, dive into "Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn"! 



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Vir Alvaran April 30, 2021

Thank you, Katie, for your work in partnership with Mr. Isao Yoshino. And the three of you (including John Shook) joining us in the final meeting of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) book club, where we studied and discussed "Learning to LEAD, Learning to LEARN." Super!



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Katie Anderson May 04, 2021

Thank you Vir! I'm so happy that you enjoyed and learned from the book "Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn"!



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keh Tung May 04, 2021
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Keep It Simple !   

Be a Role Model  !! 

Do as you Say, and,  Others will Follow !!!



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Katie Anderson May 04, 2021

The basics are simple in concept, but sometimes harder in practice indeed. Thank you for your comments Keh Tung.



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