Leadership for Lean Six Sigma

Alessandro Laureani, Head of Global Operations and Processes, Google, Dublin 4, Ireland

Co-Speaker: Jiju Antony

Keywords: Leadership, Lean, Six Sigma

Industry: All

Level: Intermediate


The majority of of all Lean Six Sigma corporate initiatives, 60% according to some studies, fail to yield the desired results: many are struggling in turning Lean Six Sigma into a success, citing lack of leadership, changing business focus, internal resistance and availability of resources as the main impeding factors.

In the vast Lean Six Sigma literature, there is paucity of studies on the impact of leadership: a lot of the literature is focused more on the technical side of Lean Six Sigma, leaving the leadership and cultural impact aside. The aim of this presentation is to illustrate the results of research into the Leadership’s impact on the deployment of Lean Six Sigma in organizations and thereby develop a practical framework to facilitate its successful implementation.

Leadership is a critical success factors for effective deployment of Lean Six Sigma in organizations: it can be argued the biggest but most unheralded benefit of Lean Six Sigma is its capacity to develop a cadre of great leaders, becoming an effective leadership development tool. Leadership and Lean Six Sigma are dependent on each other for success: the focus of the research has been to investigate deeper into the Leadership’s impact on Lean Six Sigma deployment, to determine whether different styles and traits of leadership can have an impact on the deployment of Lean Six Sigma in organization and on its capacity to sustain itself.

Key learnings from the presentation are:

1. Leadership is a critical success factor for Lean Six Sigma deployment in organizations

2. The ten Leadership traits more conducive to a successful Lean Six Sigma deployment

3. The industry sectors more dependent on leadership styles for a successful Lean Six Sigma deployment

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January 31, 2019
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019,
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Conference Chair's Message 

Joel Smith

Continuous Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner leads their organization in practicing, but is also a core competency of their professional makeup. That is why more and more innovative and leading companies are looking for leaders that use the LSS way of thinking in everything they do within their organization.

In this era of data science and machine learning, the ability to connect the dots for end to end solutions across the boundaries of people, process and systems is the key to success. This year’s conference is focused on making sure we are “continuing” our journey as practitioners. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn new concepts, new perspectives and network with the best in the industry.