Thursday, January 3, 2008


To be successful in transforming it self into a lean enterprise, the one quality your organization will need more than any other, is leadership.
It is the key to implementing the lean system that could help you achieve world-class competitiveness.

The Case for Leadership ,,,
Leadership is often the most important factor in a Lean Manufacturing implementation. The paradigm shift of Lean Manufacturing demands visionary leadership .

Lean Leadership … A Model for the New Millennium
Below is Lean Leadership key points :

• Direction setter
• Ensure team goals support vision
• Monitors and audits team’s metrics
• Set expectation
• Information conduit
• Facilities ‘root cause’ analysis
• Technical resources
• Provider of forward workload
• Appraise team performance to team goals

Finally, a leader must posses the ability to be a linking agent (Facilitator) with a wide array of knowledge and information coupled with an unquestionable trust, professionalism, and an open invitation for dissent.

If we can agree that we are indeed in a leadership deficit and that leadership is meant to cause dramatic, useful change, then as these necessary changes to our way of operating become more global , so should our approach to leadership. For this to occur, a leader should possess some degree of the following ;

* Superb written and oratory skills
* Interactive / Proactive attitude
* Ability to recognize / reward
* Compassion / Openness
* Ability to listen
* Passion for risk
* High energy level
* Patience
* Humor
* Vision

Good Leaders motivate people in a variety of ways ,,,, 3 of which are basis to our “LEAN” approach :
  • Leaders must define the organization’s vision in a way that highlight the value of their group
  • Leaders must support people’s efforts to achieve the shared vision through
    coaching, feed back, and role modeling .
  • A good leader will recognize and reward success .

    The true Lean Leader is one who can detach themselves from the team to allow empowerment to flourish where the team provides itself with such a services as peer reviews, rewards and even team recruitment.
    These leaders delegate responsibilities and coach others in ways that nurture their growth, bring out their best and inspire support for organization goal’s .

Level of Leadership :

  1. Transactional Leaders
  2. Relation Leaders
  3. Transformation Leaders
  4. Charismatic Leaders

What is Charismatic Leader Do ?
o Challenge the status quo
o Create a compelling vision
o Establish shared values
o Enable others to act
o Model the way
o Encourage the heart

Charismatic leaders do these things constantly in large and small ways. Cumulatively, these actions change attitude, responses, and methodologies within the organization.