Many companies are engaging in Lean Six Sigma activities, but may not be applying the Lean principles to the risk management function. Applying Lean principles to the risk management function results in the following.
Leadership is the skill of influencing people to work enthusiastically toward goals identified as being for the common good. There are those in the world who claim that they are “leaders,” but they really are not true leaders. Their model is “transactional” only. That is, their mentality is “I will only do something for you if it’s good for me.”
Their ego gets in the way of their ability to lead.
A person who understands and appreciates everyone’s value is a TRUE LEADER because he or she can approach a mental model that speaks of collaboration and teamwork. The greatest leaders are like Captain Robert Winters from “Band of Brothers.” His fellow soldiers knew he would do anything for them even at the cost of his own life. That speaks volumes when the leader tells his soldiers to charge up the hill. Too many of today’s so-called “leaders” point to the hill and say “good luck.” These “leaders” make sure that they are there to take the credit when their men and women reach the top of the hill. Should the soldiers fail, however, the “leaders” are nowhere to be found. They have moved to another group of soldiers and another hill looking to find success despite their inept leadership.
Are you a true leader?
Lori Siwik and Mark Siwik are the founders of SandRun Risk. They apply the principles of vertical leadership and lean six sigma to the discipline of risk management. From time to time they share their blog with guest authors who write about important risk management principles.