The headlines are all about Leadership at the moment. How is Theresa May doing? Who will win the race for the White House? What about the Labour leadership contest? Will Sam Allardyce be able to lead the England football team to victory?
The ‘qualifications’ required to be a political leader or England manager have not been defined, but there are certain qualities that we look for. Leaders must inspire trust, confidence and respect, and we expect them to act with compassion and make decisions that will bring the greatest benefits to the people involved. Having the ability to inspire and motivate others is vital – leaders can’t lead if there’s no one following.
Our ‘Lean Six Sigma for Dummies’ book provides a useful checklist for leaders providing strategic direction and support for a Lean Six Sigma programme.
- Provide drive and strategic direction
- Articulate a clear vision of how you see the future and why this approach is so important
- Appoint the right people
- Provide the budget and resources as needed
- Agree the scope of programmes
- Make space in meeting agendas to review the right things – review progress and keep yourself informed
- Spread the message through a variety of communication channels and through your behaviour and actions
- Take part in ‘showcases’ and recognition events
- Act as a role model – ensure that you are not easily diverted off track.
While we wait to see how political leaders and football managers bring these things to life, it’s good to know what’s needed to provide effective leadership within our own programmes.
Find out more:
- Lean Six Sigma for Dummies written by Catalyst Consulting Directors
- What is Lean Six Sigma and how can it help me?
- Catalyst’s Training programmes