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Posted with permission from Lean Management Journal.


Constellium was clear on the need to change leadership behavior as one of the three key factors in order to successfully drive its Lean Transformation process. If the goal was to be achieved, the process oriented and technical strength of managers would need to be supplemented by effective leadership skills.


DDI was chosen as partner in the process because it had the requisite expertise and content to effect the change needed, had the global infrastructure to support the implementation and a certification process that fit in well with Constellium's vision. Forty-four “Autonomous Product Unit” (APU) leaders were certified as trainers by DDI, and they took the training back to an additional 350 managers in the business.


  • Enthusiasm from APU leaders who were responsible for training other managers and effectiveness in delivering feedback
  • Confidence when faced with having difficult conversations and using new soft skills on the job
  • Four-point increase in employee engagement and satisfaction scores

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