Getting the Extraordinary Done in Your Organization

[tweetmeme]After 25 years in the consumer packaged goods industry, Tom Melohn becomes the new CEO of North American Tool and Die.  NATD has been a poor performing company.  They are under attack by overseas competitors.   After 8 years under Melohn’s leadership, NATD has made a stunning turn around.  Sales have increased by a factor of 5.  Pre-tax profits have increased by 750%.  Annual turnover is reduced from 27% to just 4%.  Manufacturing rejects are reduced from 5% to 0.1%.  Tom Melohn’s “New Partnership” with employees is credited for NATD’s record growth, profitability, and customer satisfaction.  Melohn and NATD are recognized in the highly acclaimed PBS-TV series “In Search of Excellence,” The Harvard Business Review and Inc. magazine.

This amazing example of leadership excellence is just one of the success stories studied by the authors of The Leadership Challenge.   James Kouzes and Barry Posner, have studied great leaders.  They defined five leadership principles and ten behavioral commitments of leadership.  We already looked at the leadership principles in a recent post.  The ten commitments match up well – two for each principle:

  1. Challenging the Process
  • Search for Opportunities
  • Experiment and Take Risks

2.  Inspiring a Shared Vision

  • Envision the Future
  • Enlist Others

3.  Enabling Others to Act

  • Foster Collaboration
  • Strengthen Others

4.  Modeling the Way

  • Set the Example
  • Plan Small Wins

5.  Encouraging the Heart

  • Recognize Individual Contribution
  • Celebrate Accomplishments
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal

NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal - Image via Wikipedia

Are you committed to being a great leader?  What are your strengths that you can further develop?  Where are your opportunities for growth?  Great leaders like Tom Melohn grow in their abilities.  What will you do to become a great leader today?

Best regards,

Christian Paulsen

Lean Leadership Blog

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About Christian Paulsen

Christian Paulsen is an Executive Consultant with 20 years of Lean Manufacturing. Chris adds value to organizations by driving process improvement and bottom line savings. Chris intends to help others by sharing the lessons learned after a quarter century of operational leadership, marriage, parenting, and even longer as a Cubs fan. Your comments on this blog are welcome. You can also connect with Chris via LinnkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook in the right sidebar. Chris welcomes your comments. Christian's professional services are available by contacting him through LinkedIn (right side bar)
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