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LEADERSHIP IS CRITICAL TO LEAN by ProQuest

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The dictionary is not that helpful when you seek a definition of the words "leader" and "manager." But one appropriate definition from the dictionary of manager is: a person who controls and manipulates resources. Traditional managers have been taught to work through layers of sub-ordinate managers. When a senior manager is presented with a problem, he/she discusses it with the subordinate and then normally tells them to take care of it and report back. Remember, the manager is often caught in the past while the leader is watching the "now" and planning for the future. If you want to be lean, then you need lean leaders. You need a company filled with people who want to be the very best in what they do. Understand that continuous improvement means improvement every day, not just when you get around to it. Choose to be a leader set the example, and challenge others around you to also become leaders.

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