Lean Leader

Lean Management

In a continuous improvement culture everyone will spend time on process improvement daily. The time spent will vary per employee from 10 minutes to the entire day. Ownership of process improvement is often the key to success for organisations.

The Lean Leader is the initiator of Lean implementation initiatives. In addition to extensive knowledge of the Lean improvement methods and tools, the Lean Leader is also a skilled change manager. In his role he has to make sure the Lean mindset is adopted from the shop floor to the boardroom. Whilst coaching colleagues, the Lean Leader will see to it Lean initiatives are in control and yield the desired results.

The Lean Leader course

The course is made up of a theoretical part and a practical part. The 5 days of theory consist of three days, covering Lean methods and tools (as in the Lean Practitioner course) and two additional days focussing on the Lean Management philosophy. The course meets all international standards and follows the ISO18404 standard which describes which competencies may be expected from a Lean Leader.

Extensive attention will be paid to the 14 management principles of Toyota. These principles serve as a general guideline for managers who wish to successfully implement Lean. One of the principles requires Lean Leaders to build a learning and continuously improving organisation. In order to do this, specific management skills are necessary. Lean Leaders coach people on how to improve, rather than taking an authoritative top down approach. 

During the course, Lean tools and principles such as Kaizen, the 5 principles of Womack, Toyota Kata, the 7 types of waste and A3 project management will be addressed.

Lean Leader

The driving force behind continuous improvement initiatives.

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Practical information

The Lean Leader course takes a practical approach on the Lean methodology. It  is made up of 5 days of theory and a practical assignment. Your instructor will provide coaching during your practical assignment. In the Prospectus you will find detailed information about the course and the practical assignment. 

A distinction can be made between the theoretical part and the practical part:

Part 1: The 5-day classroom course
The Lean Leader course has a duration of 5 classroom days. The first 3 days of this course will cover Lean methods and tools, focussing on the practical application (identical to the Lean Practitioner course). The last 2 days will focus on how to implement and manage Lean initiatives. 

Part 2: The practical assignment
After completing the theoretical course, you can demonstrate how to put theory into practice during the practical assignment. During your practical assignment you will receive coaching (approx. five hours) from your instructor. 

Part 1 - Lean Practitioner

Three-day module covering Lean tools and methods, such as:

  1. 5 principes of Womack
  2. Flow
  3. 7 types of waste
  4. Value Stream Mapping
  5. Several improvement techniques like Kanban, SMED and Poka Yoke

These days have been built around a practical  simulation. Focus will be on the Lean methods and tools as well as how to recognise improvement potential. 

Part 2 - Lean Leader

2 day module covering Lean Management. During these 2 days the focus will be on executing projects and kaizen events. Subjects covered are:

  1. Toyota Kata
  2. Kaizen events
  3. A3 project management
  4. 14 management principles of Toyota

Part 3 - Lean practical assignment

After the theoretical part, you are expected to complete several (practical) assignments. More detailed information on what is expected, can be found in our prospectus.

Lean Leader course (5 day classroom + practical assignment):

£1,490 (+VAT)

Lean Leader 5 day classroom course: £995 (+VAT)

Practical part: £495 (+VAT)


  • Classroom tutoring by an experienced Master Black Belt/Lean Expert

  • Course material (manuals and practice materials)

  • Approx. 5 hours of coaching by your instructor

  • Lunch voucher on classroom days

  • Project assessment

  • Exam (2 resits, if necessary)

  • Certificate of completion (Theory certification)

  • Certificate of achievement (Practical certification)


  • Travel and subsistence

If you purchased the online Yellow Belt course and decide to take one of our classroom courses afterwards, you will have the £90 for the online course refunded.

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Dates per course:

June / July 2019

24 June 2019|25 June 2019|1 July 2019|2 July 2019|3 July 2019

Course fully booked. Please contact our programme manager (07884 706948).

September / October 2019

23 September 2019|24 September 2019|30 September 2019|1 October 2019|2 October 2019

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Competencies for key personnel and their organizations in relation to Six Sigma and Lean implementation

Our courses follow this standard and adhere to the competencies described therein.

With its origins dating back to the 80’s, Lean Six Sigma is truly a well proven and globally recognised methodology in process improvement.

Nevertheless, there was often some ambiguity surrounding the qualifications in Six Sigma, Lean and Lean Six Sigma.

For example, if an organisation advertised for a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, how could they be sure of the level of ability of a ‘Black Belt’? If a supplier said it had deployed Six Sigma or Lean, how could a customer be sure of their real abilities?

It is exactly for this reason ‘The International Organization for Standardization’ (ISO) defined a universal standard for Lean Six Sigma in ISO 18404.

This International Standard for Lean Six Sigma sets out to clarify the required competencies for personnel and organisations in Six Sigma, Lean and ‘Lean & Six Sigma’. In doing so, it has created clarity what third parties can to expect Lean Six Sigma professionals.

As our courses adhere to this international standard, the company looking for a Black Belt in the example above, can now be sure what competencies to expect from a Lean Six Sigma Black  Belt  certified by The Lean Six Sigma Company.

The Lean Six Sigma Company courses adhere to the ISO18404 standard which defines the competencies for the following Lean Six Sigma professionals:

  • Lean Practitioner

  • Lean Leader

  • Lean Expert

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

  • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Our certification criteria are directly derived from the ISO standard. Participants who completed the course, fullfill internationally recognised and objective requirements (ISO18404), which may be expected from Lean Six Sigma professionals.

Mischa van Aalten   /   CEO of The Lean Six Sigma Company Group

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Lean Six Sigma in your company

Lean Six Sigma is known in particular as a project-based improvement structure, but Lean Six Sigma is much more than that. Lean Six Sigma is an established philosophy, an organisational and improvement structure as well as a set of tools. Using this perspective Lean Six Sigma addresses organisational issues with respect to competitiveness, cost reduction, and customer satisfaction. 

Depending on your ambition, Lean Six Sigma can be implemented in phases. Every organisation is unique, without a common blueprint that universally applies. Together with you, The Lean Six Sigma Company will develop a plan of action tailored to your organisation.

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