Lean leaders exist at many different ranks throughout an organization. They can be the hourly floor employee, a procurement specialist, a warehouse supervisor, or the director of operations. Lean leaders are the people in an organization who are consistently committed to making a difference. They do whatever is necessary to improve any situation. These special leaders are the ones you see pulling an organization and constantly asking why you do what you do.
Listen to a significant keynote speech by Dr. Jeffrey Liker, a professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and president of Liker Lean Advisors.