The Simple Leader – Personal and Professional Leadership at the Nexus of Lean and Zen

The Simple Leader
190 Pages
ISBN 1944847243

Simplicity, flow, respect, reflection, observation, humility, beginner’s mind, inquiry, a search for perfection. Those are just some of the concepts shared between Lean, also known as the Toyota Production System, and Zen.

In The Simple Leader, author Kevin Meyer describes how he discovered and leveraged Lean on his thirty-year leadership journey from engineer to President of a medical device company. Then, when faced with a very stressful family health situation, he learned about Zen - and soon realized that there were common themes that could be used to improve both personal and professional leadership.

Filled with personal stories, practices, and insight built on experience, The Simple Leader will help new or struggling leaders in any industry become more organized, effective, and balanced.

Kevin Meyer

About Kevin Meyer (San Luis Obispo, California Author)

Kevin Meyer

Kevin Meyer has over thirty years of executive leadership, operations, and engineering experience in the medical device, telecom photonics, and industrial lighting industries. He is currently partner and co-founder of, which provides 1,500 lean and six sigma training videos to over 2,000 companies worldwide.

Previously he was President of Specialty Silicone Fabricators, a multisite contract manufacturer of silicone components for the medical device industry. Kevin is on the boards of two startup technology companies, the Economic Vitality Corporation, and works with other startups as a partner in SLO Seed Ventures. He is the author of The Simple Leader, co-author of Evolving Excellence, and regularly guest lectures at CalPoly and Rensselaer.

Kevin has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and resides in Morro Bay, California. Along with his wife he’s visited over 65 countries.