• Lean Leadership

Use Lean Leadership to Develop a Winning Team

While many companies focus on
tools to create a successful work environment, the best way to transform an organization is by inspiring behavioral change. Lean Leadership fosters the development of a culture of continuous improvement through worker interaction, communication, effective management, and decision-making. This Lean Leadership program will show anyone in a leadership position how to improve his or her organization through efficient and effective leadership.

Detailed Overview

Lean Leadership Program Overview



Overview of Lean Leadership

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

Organizing and

  • Leader Standard Work (LSW)
  • Bank Game exercise
  • LSW homework

Networking reception with instructor




  • 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

Work on homework and enjoy an evening in Ann Arbor



Trust & 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

Networking dine-out in downtown Ann Arbor



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

Head home with an action plan for Monday

Drew Locher

Learn Lean Leadership from an Expert

With over 30 years of management, consulting and teaching experience in enterprise excellence, Drew Locher is the natural choice to present this four-day course in Lean Leadership at the University of Michigan. He will equip you with the tools, techniques, and thinking you need to lead the way to a sustainable Lean culture in your organization.
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The Lean Leadership workshop facilitated by Drew Locher provides a systematic way to guide Leaders through becoming Lean Thinkers and Lean Leaders. The combination of instruction and practical application help both new and experienced leaders work through Lean tools, like Leader Standard work, in small understandable bites.

—Danette Conley, Lean Director, Zodiac Aerospace

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Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions

Course Text

Each Lean Leadership participant receives a complimentary copy of Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions by David Mann.


Lean Leadership Certificate

A non-credit certificate of professional achievement in Lean Leadership from the University of Michigan College of Engineering will be awarded upon successfully completing the four-day program and passing an online exam.

Lean Leadership Certificate

Need A Customized Program?

Our professors and industry experts are available to collaborate with you. We can tailor this program to meet your specific organizational needs and present it at a location of your choice.

For more information, contact us at (734) 647-7200 or via our contact form.

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