Winner of the 2016 Shingo Prize
This course offers you the opportunity to learn the secrets of lean leadership through an education model that is itself lean, and extends that lean education far beyond the course materials. It is designed to fit your life and specific needs, offering the best possible value and education.

Lean Leadership Institute (LLI) offers an innovative way to learn the secret to lean leadership.

When Jeff Liker wrote The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership with Gary Convis we knew that “lean leaders” would finally have a way to live their company's values, become excellent at process improvement following the disciplined approach of Plan-Do-Check-Act; learn to coach others in process improvement; and lead both horizontally across the company and vertically within their area of responsibility. This allows leaders to achieve the challenging targets the organization needs for success.

Green Belt students receive an additional 20 hours of personal coaching (in one hour segments) as they work their way through a project sponsored by their organization. Management teams of four or more team members will receive a 10% discount. Contact to make special arrangements.

This course provides an overview of each step in the lean leadership development process:

  1. 1.  Self-development
  2. 2.  Developing and Coaching Others
  3. 3.  Supporting Daily Kaizen
  4. 4.  Creating a Vision and Aligned Goals

Throughout the course you will learn more deeply through exercises, case examples, quizzes, and actual projects in your workplace under the guidance of talented lean coaches (LLI Coaches).

Note: The only pre-requisite to this course is an understanding of The Principles of Lean Thinking online course (FREE)

2016 winner of the SHINGO RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATION AWARD, Developing Lean Leaders at all Levels: A Practical Guide is a management Must Read.

The Lean Leadership Development Model (LLDM) presented in this book is intuitive, and aligns well with accepted principles of operational excellence. It expands significantly on the elements of Lean, structuring them in a more specific way that can be operationalized by lean practitioners.

You can learn everything you want about the Toyota Way; you can implement the tools they have created, but if you do not have the behaviors established within your culture, it will not be successful for long-term sustainment of operational excellence. Leadership must walk the talk of true north in every aspect of the Lean Leadership Development Model (LLDM) as conveyed in detail by Dr. Liker in this recent Shingo Award Winning Book.

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When you register for one of our courses, you get ACCESS FOR LIFE!
What course to select?

Why a “White Belt” course and what is it?

A White Belt course (and it’s certificate) represents that the student completed the material on their own. The student watches the videos, does the quizzes and emails the homework to After all of the requirements are met, the student gets a PDF CERTIFICATE (Sample)

This White Belt option is a great option where the student has an external coach (outside of the Lean Leadership Institute). Both Student and Coach should get access to the White Belt course and use it to self develop as well as coach and develop others. Enjoy, and use all of our courses as a platform to create your own coaching business and spread your good work across the world.

We welcome LLI Partners from everywhere on the globe, contact for more information on how to set up your own business using our materials.

Why a “Yellow Belt” course?

A Yellow Belt course represents completion of our online course with a coach. More specifically, with a Lean Leadership Institute coach. You will receive 8 hours of coaching over the period of time it takes for you to complete the course. You will also receive a “Challenge” given to you by your coach to complete, before you receive your PDF CERTIFICATE (Sample)

Why a “Green Belt” course?

The Green Belt represents some proficiency in the course. You will receive 20 hours of coaching, and you must complete a project or Challenge that you and your coach agree upon. Having successfully completed everything to your coach’s satisfaction, you will receive the certificate.

Do you qualify for a “Black Belt” course?

Please contact to identify your needs past a Green Belt level. All individuals are assessed based on their experience, education, desire, and purpose behind wanting a Black Belt certificate. Should they be accepted and paired up with the right coach, they will then make payment and get started on a 6 month journey with 40 hours of coaching by an LLI certified coach.

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