Leader or Manager? You Need to Be Both

Leaders must achieve great management results, so what’s the difference really?

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Business experts continue to debate the merits of leadership vs. management, but in manufacturing, companies need all the above. Leaders are responsible for achieving great management results to reach excellence.

Leadership and lean management expert Sam McPherson, president, McPherson Business Advisors and The Lean Leadership Academy, joins IndustryWeek to discuss the differences between leadership and management in manufacturing operations and how to improve both to drive results. He will also share stories from his experiences with Toyota, demonstrating the importance that great leaders must also be great managers

What you will discover:

  • The importance of visionary leaders to manage the vision
  • Management structures that reinforce cultures of excellence
  • Lexus in Kentucky: Learn about the leadership vision that required breakthrough performance management
  • Toyota Material Handling: 30-year results achieved by leading with respect


Sam McPherson

President | The Lean Leadership Academy & McPherson Business Advisors

Sam McPherson is president of The Lean Leadership Academy, which trains leaders to lead successful lean transformations. Sam leads Toyota gemba walking tours and workshops on leading the Toyota Management System. As an internationally recognized expert on leadership, leader development and organizational excellence, McPherson was trained at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky as a Toyota Scholar from 1993 – 1995. He continues to work with Toyota and transforming Toyota Tier Two, Tier One and alternate suppliers across a variety of industries.

McPherson has held manufacturing leadership roles from plant manager to chief operating officer and president. He is a retired combat veteran and Special Forces commander.

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