The Leadership Pond Usually Isn’t Stocked with Humble Fish
A big theme in Lean management is the idea of “leading with humility.”
The first chapter of an excellent book written by Toyota employees and leaders from Georgetown, Kentucky, is focused heavily on leading with humility. This must be important if that's the first chapter.
Having humble leaders means not having all of the answers, leading by asking questions, and leading “as if you have no power.”
So here's one of those areas where it's easier to describe “here's what Lean looks like” than to say “here's how you get Lean.”
How does an organization “get Lean” if they don't have humble leaders as a starting point?
I thought of an expression last week when talking to somebody about this.
“The leadership pond in most organizations usually isn't stocked full of humble fish.”
Can we send leaders to a training class on how to be humble? Can we read books about humility?
Does anybody offer “humility belts” of various colors?
How do we create a culture of humble leadership? Is it possible if we don't already have it?
I humbly ask these questions. What do you think?What do you think? Scroll down to comment or share your thoughts and the post on social media. Don't want to miss a post or podcast? Subscribe to get notified about posts via email daily or weekly.
- Jody Crane, MD: Lean in Emergency Medicine and Hospitals; 3 Big Issues Causing Tough Times in Healthcare - February 1, 2023
- Alternative History: GM Uses Lean to Remain #1 in the Auto Industry - January 31, 2023
- Fall in Love with the Problem, not the Solution: In Entrepreneurship and Continuous Improvement - January 29, 2023