5H’s: Essential qualities of a Lean leader in manufacturing

How does a small to medium-sized enterprise find the ideal manager?

By Shahrukh A. Irani

Any small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with 50 to 250 employees could not afford CEOs like Akio Toyoda, Larry Culp, Alan Mullaly or Gary Convis to lead their implementation of Lean. Nor would they recruit legendary corporate leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson or Bill Gates (How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders and Game Changers, David M. Rubenstein, 2020) due to their lack of expertise and experience in implementation of Lean.

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