On this blog, I’ve discussed trends in manufacturing, in mentoring, in hiring. The overarching theme for each of these topics can be summed up in one word: change. In every industry, in every generation, and in every market, change is the one constant. Leadership is no different. While the principles of leadership remain true throughout time, their application is no less impacted by change than any of these other areas previously discussed.
Lean leadership has demonstrated its effective applications of leadership principles in the modern workforce. The key to its success is its ability to not only adapt to change, but its expectation of and embracing of change. Lean leaders—whether they are formal leaders within the hierarchical structure of an organization or informal leaders addressing challenges in the trenches—are committed to improvements. These improvements are achieved through change.
Lean leaders are people at every level of the organization who are leading change in their companies and in the industry in three main ways.