DEVELOPING LEAN LEADERS: The missing piece in Lean Transformations

With Jeffrey K. Liker


The missing piece in Lean Transformations

Jeffrey K. Liker

If you want to get lean, you need full dedication at the leadership level.

Many companies boast about the results achieved from their improvement programs. Yet, no company in any industry has attained the same level of consistent operational excellence in its field as Toyota has.

What are these companies missing?

The answer is Leadership, with the right skills and knowledge to teach and coach others to use disciplined approaches to process improvement.


Who should attend?

Senior level management: vice president, general manager, plant manager, department managers.


What you will learn:


Understand Lean Leaders as Teachers and Coaches of Continuous Improvement


Understand what you and your team will need to change in your current role to successfully lead a Lean Transformation.


Understand how to create management systems and infrastructure that engage team members at all levels in a rigorous problem solving and continuous improvement process.


The Toyota Way as a system:

The 4p’s Model:

  • Philosophy
  • Process,
  • People
  • Problem solving

What is a lean leader and how to develop yourself to have a scientific mindset using the improvement kata

Developing Others:

How to use the coaching kata to develop the leadership skills to coach others

Daily Kaizen:

Engraining the skills and knowledge of problem solving in every work group so continuous improvement becomes a reality

Aligning Goals and Means through Hoshin Kanri:

From top to bottom and sideways all leaders and team members are aligned toward clear company objectives.

Jeffrey K. Liker

Lean Leadership Seminar

Author of the Best selling book series The Toyota Way

Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and President of Liker Lean Advisors. He is author of the international best-seller, The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer, 2004 (translated to 26 languages and over 950,000 copies sold), and has coauthored nine other books about Toyota including Toyota Culture, The Toyota Product Development System, The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership (2011) and Developing Lean Leaders at all Levels: A Practical Guide (2014). In 2016 he published The Toyota Way to Service Excellence and coauthored a lean transformation business novel called Trenches. His articles and books have won twelve Shingo Prizes for Research Excellence. In 2012 he was inducted into the Association of Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame and in 2016 inducted into the Shingo Academy.

In The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership,  Jeff Liker & Gary Convis (former managing officer of Toyota Motor C0rporation), present a leadership development model and use examples from Toyota to illustrate the patient painstaking process of growth of leaders from developing themselves, to developing others, to leading daily kaizen and finally maturing to aligned goals from top to bottom and sideways using Hoshin Kanri (policy deployment).

Venue: Aqua World Budapest

Budapest, Íves út 16, 1044 Hungary

Course Objective:

This course will show how to create leaders that succeed in changing themselves to lead, teach, and coach others on the long-term journey to continuous improvement, and how to get employees on point and on mission.

The Leadership Development Model

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