Lean Leader: Is It Right for You?

Lean Leader coaching team members

Skilled practitioners of the Lean methodology, Lean Leaders embrace and champion continuous improvement throughout their organization. They are committed to ensuring activities are value-added and that people are empowered to solve problems and improve processes. 

What Is Lean?
What Is Lean?

Lean Leaders are ideally dedicated full-time to Lean efforts, including value stream mapping, identifying opportunities, leading kaizen events and other projects, and coaching team members. Executing four to six projects a year, they are experts in applying Lean tools and principles to reduce waste, improve processes, gain efficiency and boost productivity.

If you’re thinking of becoming a Lean Leader, the Lean Methods Group's Lean Leader Course offers a comprehensive program that includes a certification option. Explore these resources to learn more about the role of a Lean Leader and what you can expect from the program. 

Knowledge, Skills and Salary of Lean Leaders
Six Key Traits of a Lean Leader Process Excellence Network
Behaviors of a Lean Leader Lean for Dummies Cheat Sheet
Lean Leader Salaries Glassdoor

 

FAQs: The Lean Methods Group’s Lean Leader Course and Development Program

 
Lean Leader Classroom Training

Is the Lean Leader program right for me?

Lean Leader training is appropriate for anyone in any industry who wants to build their problem solving skills and leadership capabilities. If you are interested in applying the concepts and tools of Lean and in leading kaizen events, our Lean Leader program provides an unparalleled experience in training, mentoring and real-world project experience.

 

What prerequisites do I need to enroll in the Lean Leader course?

Completion of the following eLearning modules, which are part of the Lean for Team Members course, are required before taking Lean Leader:

  • Introduction to Lean
  • The Eight Types of Waste
  • High-Level Process Maps

5 Whys of Certification
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What requirements must I meet to complete Lean Leader certification?

You may take Lean Leader as a standalone course or as part of a certification program. In addition to completing the classroom course, to gain certification candidates must:

  • Achieve a 70% or higher grade on all Lean content exams.
  • Participate in at least three Kaizen events in the workplace, leading at least two Kaizen events using the SCORE roadmap, as outlined in A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Kaizen Events.
  • Submit a report that documents each completed Kaizen event, and participate in an executive report-out for each event.
  • Be nominated for certification by the Kaizen event sponsor and a team member.
  • Be recommended for certification by a Lean Methods Group Lean Master.

How long does it take to complete the certification program?

The classroom course runs for five consecutive days and can be taken during one of several sessions throughout the year. Certification candidates have one year to complete their project and nomination requirements.

What kind of support do I receive through the certification program?

Candidates have a designated program manager who helps guide you through every step"

The certification program is managed and supported by Lean Methods Group Lean Masters. Candidates have a designated program manager who helps guide you through every step of the process—helping you complete coursework, pass exams, facilitate Kaizen events, prepare reports and present results to management. Our Lean Masters remotely support candidates as you participate in one Kaizen event and facilitate two Kaizen events in your organization, working through more complex Lean-related problems and technicalities and coaching you through any stakeholder and organizational issues involved.

 

Additionally, each candidate receives a copy of A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Kaizen Events, including a CD-ROM with valuable templates, motivational posters, team charters and usable worksheets.

Certification Information
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What organizations recognize the Lean Methods Group’s certification?

The Lean Methods Group’s certifications are recognized by many organizations, including:

How does the Lean Methods Group support its Lean Leader graduates after they gain certification?

The Lean Methods Group offers online learning, tools and resources through Open Access, providing a unique support system to help you with your own development as well as future knowledge transfer. The site offers hundreds of free tools, templates, webinars and classroom modules right at your fingertips.

What makes the Lean Methods Group’s program and certification different?

 
Lean Leaders: In Their Own Words

With personalized attention provided to each candidate, the Lean Methods Group’s Lean Leader training and certification is an unparalleled choice for building your problem solving skills in Lean. In addition to the experiential coursework (including exercises and simulations) and the real-world application through projects, candidates gain a proven five-step method for leading Lean kaizen events using the Lean Methods Group’s SCORE (Select- Clarify-Organize-Run-Evaluate) roadmap. The roadmap is featured in A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Kaizen Events, which includes checklists and templates, and is provided to each Lean Leader student. 

Ready to Learn More?

Visit the Lean Leader Course and Development Program to learn more about the course and certification, or contact us to set up a time to speak with our director of public training or an instructor.  

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