In the lean environment, failure is seen as a possibility to improve, and honesty permits leaders to admit and learn from errors Aij, Aernoudts and Joosten, ; Al-Balushi et al. Honest leaders help to build a culture in which all workers embrace the approach to identifying errors in processes without blaming individuals. Out of 32 papers in this review, 30 noted the need for self-development of leaders, whether in the form of formal training, hands-on experience, or coaching.
As a principle of lean leadership, self-development rests on the premise that lean leaders must present themselves as role models. Self-development was connected to the following attributes: show interest, facilitate resources, emotional intelligence, visualize greatness, be aware of status, and develop skills Marinelli-Poole et al. Al-Balushi et al. Hopkins et al. Leaders who visualize greatness are also more successful in achieving results Kent, Successful leaders visualize a positive future, like the athlete who visualizes himself crossing a finish line.
Lean leadership literature specifically mentioned the use of a sensei , or mentor, as a coach, while diverse coaching models were described in other literature reviewed. Extended dialog between the leader and the coach may enhance emotional intelligence. The principle of qualification in lean leadership is defined as the long-term development of employees and their continuous learning Al-Balushi et al. This review showed that following leadership attributes appear to support qualification: empowerment, trust, engagement, communication, clarification, governance and consistency, and fit for purpose Albrecht and Andreetta, ; Antony et al.
Qualification rests on empowering leadership and mutual trust. Empowering leaders actively encourage and enable followers to become leaders themselves. Empowering leadership behaviors include leading by example, sharing information, coaching, and showing concern for employees Albrecht and Andreetta, ; notably, these behaviors mirror leadership behaviors frequently discussed in the lean literature Aij, Visse and Widdershoven, ; Al-Balushi et al.
Al Balushi et al. Sub-attributes of trust identified were ownership and credit to owners. Conversely, the effective leader trusts the well-qualified workforce, allowing the leader to focus on strategy and direction rather than micromanagement Kent, Engagement occurs when employees are guided by empowering leadership Albrecht and Andreetta, ; Drotz and Poksinska, Empowering leadership leads to increased psychological empowerment and engagement of employees, which, in turn, creates greater commitment and lower turnover intention Albrecht and Andreetta, Willis et al.
Engagement emerged as a critical component of qualification and as a product of empowerment Albrecht and Andreetta, ; Antony et al. Leaders promote engagement when they support and encourage workers, enhancing the flow of dialog through all levels of the organization Antony et al. Likewise, when leaders are engaged, employees feel more empowered and are more likely to communicate with those in power.
Qualification of employees includes long-term development and continuous learning. Taher et al. Leaders need to clarify outcomes and their connection to the vision, direction, guidance, and sense of purpose of the organization Antony et al. The leader should give employees increased responsibilities and authority through two-way communication, teamwork, and meetings Drotz and Poksinska, Employees should have responsibility, otherwise there would not be a sense of ownership and performance of the task or the effectiveness of the performance Drotz and Poksinska, ; Millward and Bryan, Communication is another cornerstone of qualification.
Effective leaders are supportive in their communication, thus increasing employee engagement Antony et al. They are encouraging, which promotes the flow of dialog and empowers employees Willis et al. Successful leaders communicate information well and listen carefully, thus building trust and gaining more information. They are able to communicate not only facts and data, but convey ideas, implications, and deep understanding of a subject, a skill defined as communicating for meaning Kent, The attribute clarification includes vision, direction, and guidance Steed, The three sub-attributes enable employees to be responsible and held accountable for their performance or work.
Additional competencies include governance and consistency, fit for purpose, and innovation Marinelli-Poole et al. Governance and consistency maintain connection to the mission, vision, values, and goals of the organization. In addition, the leader should be able to recognize capabilities and competencies of employees, allowing the leader to identify development opportunities for employees and ensuring fit for purpose. Leaders should identify and promote talent among employees Marinelli-Poole et al. When all employees are competent and will not put others at risk, confidence grows.
Consistency provides the means to assess competencies across multiple disciplines in complex operating environments Marinelli-Poole et al. When creativity and talent is not fostered in employees, muda waste occurs Liker and Meier, The principle of gemba is central to lean leadership, emphasizing the core concept that leaders must be involved with the people who do the work that adds value Aij, Visse and Widdershoven, ; Al-Balushi et al. While the action of the gemba walk is straightforward — the leader goes to the place where work happens — certain attitudes and attributes of the leader are key to successful gemba walks.
Effective leaders approach gemba walks with care, recognition, engagement, a focus on leader-employee relationships, communication, and fairness Aij, Visse and Widdershoven, ; Braithwaite et al. In addition, gemba walks should be done publicly, and time must be set aside for the visits to the front line. The leader should show that she cares about and recognizes the person and the work delivered by making regular, highly visible visits, so the leader can answer questions from all employees and respond to results on visual metrics boards Aij, Visse and Widdershoven, ; Steed, Sub-attributes of recognition are encouragement, emotional rewards — presence, visibility, and attention — and acknowledgment.
The leader should pay attention to the work and performance of employees and acknowledge it. When a leader does not value or acknowledge employees, the employees will be less responsive to the organization and the needs of the client or patient Kent, ; Steed, The attribute engagement enables trust through the ability of a leader to be honest, benevolent, and express well-intentioned behavior Braithwaite et al. When the employees of the leader are clinicians and doctors, engagement through trusted leadership has a positive impact on clinical and organizational performance Hewison et al.
In the leader-employee relationship, trust evolves from reliance and confidence in the integrity of each other. Communication is key for the development of trust, as it involves the exchange of verbal and non-verbal information Braithwaite et al. Trust is enabled through the reliance and confidence in the leader-employee relationship. These attributes correspond with the gemba principle of working with a small leader-to-employee ratio Dombrowski and Mielke, A fair process consists of engagement, explanation, and clarity of expectations.
Engagement involves employees in decisions, explanation makes employees understand why decisions are made, and clarity of expectations provides employees with a set of rules that apply to the new standards. Unfortunately, this process is not used frequently, as many leaders fear it will lead to loss of power and control; and do not think that employees will prioritize decisions that are best for the organization, instead of themselves Glavin and Chilingerian, The lean principle of hoshin kanri calls for a focus on the customer and alignment of goals on all levels.
Lean leaders in health care must keep both elements at the forefront as they work to improve patient care and processes across the organization. Four key leadership attributes emerged from this research that support the principle of hoshin kanri : define and provide value; demonstrate principles of lean; communication; and role adaptation Drotz and Poksinska, ; Al-Balushi et al. In successful lean initiatives, value is defined and provided across the hierarchy of the health-care organization Al-Balushi et al. There are many customers in health-care organizations, including patients and their relatives, caregivers, commissioners, taxpayers, insurance companies, and others Al-Balushi et al.
The lean leader must define value for each group Al-Balushi et al. The leader who defines and provides value offers the sub-attribute of autonomy to employees, which, in turn, reduces resistance to change Drotz and Poksinska, Lean leaders who demonstrate their knowledge of lean principles are more effective at breaking down hierarchies and aligning goals across the organization Aij, Visse and Widdershoven, ; Al-Balushi et al.
Because health-care organizations tend to by hierarchically structured, strong support for lean from the leadership team is essential Al-Balushi et al. The lean leader should demonstrate the principles of lean through the sub-attributes of support, commitment, and understanding Al-Balushi et al. By demonstrating the principles, the leader enables staff to enact them as well. Clear communication was identified as an important competency of the health-care leader and, in the lean literature, essential to hoshin kanri Angood and Shannon, ; Pronovost and Marsteller, ; Marinelli-Poole et al.
Communication is enhanced by the leader who remains in contact, is able to clarify, and conveys information concisely and clearly. Communication is used by health-care leaders to facilitate contact, improve performance, hold employees accountable, and creates and maintain relationships. The leader should be able to communicate with internal and external customers, creating and maintaining relationships with both individuals and groups.
Attributes identified in this research reveal a complex web of influence on leadership behaviors. Although we have correlated each attribute with a specific principle, several attributes appear across principles. In addition, while certain attributes may appear similar, their effects can differ greatly. In the context of gemba, trust results when engaged leaders actively build leader-employee relationships by interacting with employees at the front line Aij, Visse and Widdershoven, ; Braithwaite et al.
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Likewise, honesty is a primary attribute of improvement culture and enables the leader to acknowledge and learn from errors Caldwell, ; Steed, In terms of qualification, trust is an attribute that supports employee development by allowing employees to assume responsibility and leaders to step back. In qualification, communication, which is both verbal and non-verbal, is the key to involving employees and developing trust at the front line Braithwaite et al. In the context of gemba , the leader uses communication to connect with the employee and assess failures and errors of processes.
And in hoshin kanri , communication is characterized by the sub-attributes contact, clarification, and concision and clarity Angood and Shannon, ; Pronovost and Marsteller, ; Marinelli-Poole et al. These sub-attributes allow the leader to facilitate contact, improve performance, hold employees accountable, and create and maintain relationships.
Communication enables the leader to improve customer value and convey information and ideas across hierarchical systems of health care. It is also notable that support is a sub-attribute of an attribute for each principle. We have been able to break these down into their component parts and identify their specific links to lean leadership principles articulated by Dombrowski and Mielke The concept of team is necessary in a lean environment, and the lean leader cooperates with, corrects, and directs each team so it aligns with other teams in the organization.
All examples of attributes and sub-attributes that resemble attributes in different principles have a different effect on the organization or employees. The desired effect of the attributes needs to be identified by the lean leader. The overview in the annex of the attributes per principle should help the lean leader to distinguish the attribute needed to match the desired effect.
Developing and Engaging Physician Leadership
Through this research, we have identified specific behaviors and attributes of leaders in health-care settings and described their association with the five core principles of lean leadership described by Dombrowski and Mielke Our results offer health-care leaders and organizations the means to consciously choose and learn behaviors and attributes that contribute to successful lean implementation.
Several attributes were found to span one or more principles, suggesting that the leader who displays these attributes can simultaneously influence several lean principles at once. This analysis of lean leadership attributes offers opportunities for further study and application. A strength is the overview of necessary lean leadership attributes per principle in the annex.
The overview enables the viewer or lean leader to make use of the lean leadership attributes combined with the desired effect per lean principle. This kind of overview of lean leadership attributes and its applicability cannot be found in the literature currently. There are several limitations to this study. Selection criteria were focused on lean in health care, limiting the understanding of leadership attributes to one sector.
Most of the articles reviewed are about the implementation of lean or other leadership models and do not focus primarily on the attributes of effective leaders. As the research method was specifically focused on the combination of lean and leadership in health care, most data were found in fragments of the articles. Few articles were fully dedicated to the topic of lean leadership attributes. The majority of leadership articles in this review were based on subjective assessments of behaviors.
Little empirical evidence was found to explicitly link leadership attributes with organizational outcomes. The paucity of work on attributes of lean leaders in health care suggests that more work should to be done in this area. Additional data linking statistical analyses, including ranking of leadership attributes and effects are needed. In addition, articles selected for review were sifted and analyzed by one person, increasing the risk of inclusion bias. The lean leadership attributes found are specifically related to the health-care sector and may not be applicable to other industries.
Existing knowledge and information about leadership attributes in other industries should be compared with the outcomes of this research. Much further work needs to be done, including empirical research into the behaviors and attributes of successful lean leaders in health care. In addition, more research is needed to specify ways in which the leadership attributes may affect lean success differently in various health-care settings such as hospitals, clinics, and public health systems.
This work contributes to the development of a new framework for describing leadership attributes within lean management of health care, founded on the lean leadership principles described by Dombrowski and Mielke Lean leadership attributes provide a guide for the lean leader and enable the leader to adjust behavior to achieve the desired effects on employees and organizational processes. Several attributes identified here resemble each other, demonstrating the complex relationship between leadership attributes and principles.
This summary of attributes can provide a model for health-care leaders to apply lean in their organizations. Aij , K. Al-Balushi , S. Albrecht , S. Angood , P. Antony , J. Berg , M. Braithwaite , J. Caldwell , G. Collins , J. Crump , B. Dombrowski , U. Drotz , E. Ghosh , M. Glavin , M. Hewison , A. Holweg , M. Hopkins , M. Kent , T. Krafcik , J. Liebengood , S. Liker , J. Mann , D. Marinelli-Poole , A. Mazzocato , P. Micallef , J. Millward , L.
Pronovost , P. Renaud , K. Sloan , T. Steed , A. Taher , D. Toussaint , J. Waring , J. Willis , C. Womack , J. Aziz , R. Bennett , D. Bortolotti , T. Cattaneo , C. Craven , A. Dickson , G. Dart , R. Grady , C. Ishijima , H. Laureani , A. Netland , T. North , N. Pomery , A. Kjeld Harald Aij is a Business Administrator with over 15 years of experience in the health care industry.
Kjeld has implemented various projects in the area of quality and patient safety and spearheaded, among other projects, the introduction of lean thinking and lean processes in the Operating Rooms of a Teaching Hospital. He specialized in Management and Entrepreneurship. Please share your general feedback. You can start or join in a discussion here. Visit emeraldpublishing. Abstract Purpose Emphasis on quality and reducing costs has led many health-care organizations to reconfigure their management, process, and quality control infrastructures. Findings This work contributes to the development of a new framework for describing leadership attributes within lean management of health care.
Improvement culture: task identity, feedback, autonomy, belief in improvement, and honesty were the core attributes of leaders who successfully implemented an improvement culture.
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