It is generally accepted that leadership plays a pivotal role in implementing lean and the characteristic of a ‘lean leader’ have become more clearly defined in recent years.
Research themesLeadership in Lean Organisations
The SUCCESS programme - Sustainable Channelled Change in Every Scale and Situation - ran from 2004 to 2008 and was part of Cardiff University's Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre's work. It was designed to extend the focus of Lean Thinking away from just 'how do you get going?' to 'how do you sustain it over the medium term?'.