Leadership excellence

Have your company’s road towards China 2025 be paved by excellent Lean Leaders

The goals laid down in ‘Made in China 2025’ are ambitious. An organization underpinned by a distinguished Lean Leadership philosophy will manage to achieve any objective.

What is Lean Leadership?

Lean is frequently and misleadingly understood as the methodologies and tools applied to optimize processes. This perception, however, neglects other fundamental aspects of Lean. First, it is the underlying principles that matter more than methodologies and tools. Second, Lean comprises a holistic philosophy and management approach as well as a unique understanding of how leadership works. In other words, Lean Transformation will be successful only if the principles of process excellence and leadership excellence – achieved through Lean Leadership – concur side by side. Successful Lean Leadership is characterized by seven factors that contribute to drive and shape a sustainable Lean Transformation. The emotional factors – values, attitudes and behavior – are about conveying lean values throughout the organization, about shaping attitudes regarding lean transformation and about showing role model behavior. 

The rational factors – skills, tasks and methods – relate to the development of one’s own skill set and enabling others to do the same, to pursuing leadership and management tasks as well as to using lean methods. Finally, Lean Leadership is about situational leading, i.e. about choosing the right role at the right time. Lean Leadership takes place on every level – from process management to middle management up to top management. While the amount of operative tasks in relation to normative and strategic tasks decreases from process management to top management, the significance of continuously striving for improvement is equally high on all levels.