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Charisma In Lean Manufacturing

Leadership Levels and Issues

What Charismatic Leaders Do

Tales of Twelve O'clock High

Shakespeare on Leadership



Planning, Leading, and Managing The Lean Journey

Team Leadership


Charismatic Leadership Self Assessment


Upcoming Topic

Lean Manufacturing Strategy

From imitation to Innovation


Copyright 2003 Strategos, Inc.

19 November 2003                       www.strategosinc.com

Charisma In Manufacturing?

This must be a joke!

The idea is sort of funny; these two words do not seem to fit together. However, Charismatic Leadership is a factor in many human endeavors. We've all seen them. Those electrifying few who cast a spell, stay with us, and move us. They are the Charismatic Leaders.

In war, politics, religion and even Lean Manufacturing, personal charisma often determines the outcome. When I studied Engineering at Purdue, they didn't tell me about this stuff.

Our previous issue, "Shakespeare on Leadership" captured the interest of many readers. In response, I have expanded our Leadership Series to some 14 pages with several more in progress. Here is some of the material:

Charisma In Lean Manufacturing-- fundamental reasons why Lean Manufacturing demands Charismatic and Transformational Leadership.

Leadership Levels and Issues-- This and the linked pages explore leadership models and theory. It is a framework for evaluating your own leadership as well as that of others.

What Charismatic Leaders Do-- This is almost a step-by-step guide for action. Our downloadable article, "Tales of Twelve O'clock High", supplements this summary with a powerful example.

Tales of Twelve O'clock High-- Major Attila Bognar of the U.S. Army uses a classic film to illustrate principles of Charismatic Leadership. This is a great article, well worth the time it takes to read.

Shakespeare on Leadership-- An analysis of a great story from the Bard's pen-- how King Henry V grew into a leadership position he had inherited. He then led and inspired his small army to great victory at Agincourt.

Charismatic Leadership Self-Assessment-- a 10-question self-test that evaluates your inclination for Charismatic Leadership.

In the next few weeks, we expect to complete this series with a long-delayed "Hollywood and Leadership" page, additional downloads and links to some good sites. It's a lot to digest, so, we will also compile it in a printer-friendly pdf file . I will keep you posted as these come online.

Our next issue, "Lean Manufacturing Strategy, From imitation to innovation," sets the stage for a discussion of implementation. See you then.

Quarterman Lee


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