Lean Blog Audio — There’s a Yuuuge Problem with Donald Trump’s


I generally avoid politics here on the blog… In October, I broached the subject when I blogged about a company that uses Lean principles to make Donald Trump hats in New Jersey (and interviewed the owner of the company), but that was during a time when Trump seemed like a novelty or fringe candidate. It might be a “third rail” to even bring him up… but I’ll limit my remarks to one particular context – his view of “leadership.”As reported by FORTUNE and other publications, Trump said the following on March 3, when asked about his earlier comments about wanting the military to follow orders that violate international law and treaties:

“I’ve always been a leader. I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it,they’re going to do it. That’s what leadership is all about.”

No. Leadership is not about telling people what to do. What Trump calls “leadership” is an outdated strategy, the “command-and-control” model. That’s a model that many call “Taylorist” — a system where the boss thinks and gives orders,the workers just keep quiet and follow orders. The FORTUNE writer writes that Trump’s “retro style is not set up for today’s complex world.”

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