The Lean Leader: A Personal Journey of Transformation

Robert B. Camp

January 22, 2015 by Productivity Press
Reference - 167 Pages - 30 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498700757 - CAT# K24538

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  • Illustrates the style of leadership that best supports a Lean transformation
  • Shows how to employ Jim Collins' discovery to first work on "who," then on "what"
  • Describes how to use top-down metrics to break down silos and establish organizational alignment
  • Demonstrates how to use an X-Matrix to develop an executable three- to five-year plan for breakthrough
  • Explains how to use the A3 methodology to keep X-Matrix tactics on schedule


Without Lean leaders, there can be no Lean.

If an organization wants to be Lean, its leaders must lead using Lean principles. Put another way, until the top of your organization fully embraces Lean, the rest of your organization will never be Lean.

The Lean Leader: A Personal Journey of Transformation
uses a compelling novel format to tackle the nuts and bolts of leading a Lean transformation. Readers follow along as the characters face real crises and what seem to be unreasonable deadlines.

As the story progresses, readers will see how the main character, Don, and his colleagues transform from being "command and control" autocrats—those who make decisions and bark orders—to more Socratic coaches and mentors.

As Don and his staff come to realize that the folks they employ are the real experts in the processes they control, you will learn why it behooves you to do more asking than telling. You will come to realize that a leader’s greatest skill must be in coaching great performance from their people. You will also witness the difference between managing and leading.

After reading this book, you will understand why it’s so important to shed the decision-making tasks that have cluttered your days, and how to delegate those decisions to employees who are closer to the action. You will learn how important it is to look over the horizon to identify upcoming challenges, define and communicate new courses of action, and compel others to follow.

Most importantly, you will learn exactly what it takes to lead a Lean organization that thrives socially, as well as financially.