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Lean Leadership

Use Lean Leadership to develop a winning team

The best way to transform an organization is by inspiring behavioral change. Lean Leadership fosters the development of a continuous improvement culture through worker interaction, communication, and decision-making. Through an effective blend of tools, concepts, and coaching techniques, this program will enable you to improve your organization through efficient and effective leadership.

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Key Information

Course Dates

Jun 07, 11, 18, & 25, Jul 01, 2021
Remote Delivery via Zoom

Oct 04, 08, 15, 22, & 29, 2021
Remote Delivery via Zoom

Registration closes 1 week before course start date.

GO BLUE Discounts

Time Commitment

3-weeks self-paced with 5 live check-ins


Remote Delivery via Zoom

Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Remote Learning Schedule

Self-Paced Online Learning:
June 7 - July 1, 2021

Remote Live Sessions:9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

  • Live Session 1: June 7, 2021 (This is a kickoff to the program. Learners will begin reviewing the recorded sessions after.)
  • Live Session 2: June 11, 2021
  • Live Session 3: June 18, 2021
  • Live Session 4: June 25, 2021 
  • Live Session 5: July 1, 2021


Self-Paced Online Learning:  October 4-29, 2021

Remote Live Sessions:9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

  • Live Session 1: October 4, 2021 (This is a kickoff to the program. Learners will begin reviewing the recorded sessions after.)
  • Live Session 2: October 8, 2021
  • Live Session 3: October 15, 2021
  • Live Session 4: October 22, 2021 
  • Live Session 5: October 29, 2021

Program Overview

Overview of Lean Leadership and Organization and Planning

Overview of Lean Leadership

  • Lean versus traditional management approaches
  • Elements of Lean management
  • Five needs of every leader
  • Introduction to standard work

Organization and Planning

  • Leader Standard Work (LSW)
  • Bank Game exercise
  • LSW homework
Communication and Visual Management Systems


  • The communication process
  • Sending mixed messages
  • Effective communication skills
  • Barriers to communication
  • Effective meeting skills

Visual Management Systems

  • Elements of a comprehensive Visual Management System (VMS)
  • Introduction to A3
  • A3 homework
  • VMS homework
Trust and Motivation; Observation

Trust and Motivation

  • Respect for others
  • Johari Window
  • The Personal System (Attitudes, Moods, Beliefs, Competencies, Values, Goals)
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Herzberg's Job Enrichment Principles


  • Principle of 'Go-See'
  • Gemba Walks
  • Review LSW, VMS, and A3 Homework
Providing Direction

Providing Direction I

  • Conflict response modes
  • Levels of direction
  • Job relations
  • The Socratic Method
  • Job instruction
  • Handling difficult people

Providing Direction II

  • Job Methods (JM), PDCA
  • Introduction to Improvement Kata
  • Introduction to Coaching Kata
  • A3 presentation and coaching

Learning Objectives

  • Learn elements of a Lean Management System (LMS) and address gaps in your current system
  • Create your own Leader Standard Work
  • Hone your ability to: perform gemba walks, conduct 5S audits, facilitate shift start-ups and end-of-shift activities, monitor performance, and communicate with employees
  • Design a Visual Management system
  • Gain the skills necessary for facilitative leadership, including: planning and organizing, communication, trust development, observation, motivation, and providing direction
  • Learn how to teach and coach others using A3s, Training within Industries (TWI), and Toyota Kata

Who Should Attend

This course is intended to benefit:

  • Anyone in a leadership position from Supervisor to CEO
  • Leaders in any industry including but not limited to manufacturing, service, and healthcare
  • Anyone who wants to create a sustainable culture of continuous improvement

instructional team

Drew Locher
Drew Locher
President, Change Management Associates


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“Lean Leadership training transformed [our] culture. It changed the language we use to communicate, the management methods our leaders use, and the way we hold ourselves accountable.”

- Lean Leadership Participant (Quality and Lean Systems Manager)