”Leadership is the core issue for us to make Toyota a great place to work. Equally crucial is how we use what we have learned from the course.” Hein Van Gerwen, Managing Director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Limited
LEADERSHIP skills continue to be strengthened across the company with the launch of the second module of the ongoing leadership development activity.
During 2006 all Group Leaders and Team Leaders completed the first module of the leadership development training programme, entitled ‘Effective Communications’. The second module, ‘Leading People’, has been formally launched at both Burnaston and Deeside, with the support of Hein Van Gerwen and Carl Klemm.
The first module was well received by all supervisory members, and the results of a feedback questionnaire showed that almost 40% of members had noticed very positive changes in the management style of their supervisors following roll-out of the first module.
The second module focuses on ‘the role of the leader in a team, one- and two-way communication, and supporting members with concerns and issues’. The module will further strengthen supervisors’ leadership skills by focusing on problem-solving and two-way communication.
While the training programme has been developed by MDD and Learning & Development, the practical element is run by Kontekst HR, an external training company which has previously developed Toyota Way leadership training with TMMP, Toyota’s transmission and engine plant in Poland.
The programme fits neatly within the Member Development pillar of the Breakthrough plan, which in turn serves as a foundation for the company’s strategy – Plant of Choice. This strategy reflects Toyota UK’s ambition to become the plant of choice for Toyota in Europe.
At the launch, Hein Van Gerwen explained his passion for the course, and the importance of leadership to Toyota’s vision as explained above. He went on to explain that “leadership is the core issue for us to make Toyota a great place to work. Equally crucial is how we use what we have learned from the course”. Roll-out of Module 2 has now begun, with 104 courses scheduled to run over the current financial year as a means of training all leaders in TMUK.