A benchmarking trip made nearly two decades ago to Deere & Co.’s factories in the Quad-Cities helped inspire a new leadership book by former Boeing Co. executive Fred Stahl. In his book, Worker Leadership: America’s Secret Weapon in the Battle for Industrial Competitiveness, Stahl theorizes that ‘worker leadership’—giving workers significant involvement and leadership authority—can be a strategy for boosting productivity and, thus, help restore America’s industrial power.—Quad Cities Business Journal—
Worker Leadership offers an unusually broad array of case-history vignettes, biographical stories, and management insights for an equally broad set of potential audiences. It is as interesting and readable for the nonacademic business operations enthusiast as it is potentially useful for several levels of academic application.
—Karl A. Hickerson
, Perspectives on Work
(Kleine’s) ‘worker leadership’, then, is lean manufacturing recalibrated and adapted for US culture, combining the efficiency and productivity of just-in-time production with system that enables workers to use their initiative with minimal supervision.
—Capital & Class