This is part two of a three-part leadership refresher series. “Those that do not study history are doomed to repeat it.”
I was talking to a group of highly competent, intelligent Gen Y mentees the other day and referenced some of the pioneers of leadership. I noticed that with all the leadership books on the market, they were missing the foundation to communicate to the boomers in leadership positions today. From that, I decided a good leader really does need to understand the pioneers of management, quality and leadership theory.
These are the quality pioneers that most influenced my early thoughts about leading people. I would describe all of the pioneers, but that would not be blog-like, therefore, each has a link to a more thorough source.
• 1951 Quality Control Handbook (Quality Trilogy) – Joseph Juran
• 1963 Guide to Quality Control (Quality Circles) – Kaoru Ishikawa
• 1981 Study of The Toyota Production System - Shigeo Shingo
• 1986 Out of Crisis – W. Edward Deming
• 1988 Quality and Reliability Engineering – Genichi Taguchi
For some of us, this is like a walk down memory lane. Others may not be as familiar with them. One thing for sure, we owe it to the people we mentor to help them build their foundations on the theories of the original pioneers.
Are there any pioneers you would have added to this list? Will you share it with your mentees?