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We use the terms “Champion” and “Sponsor” interchangeably but here are some attributes of the role

  1. This is an executive leader who will drive the initiative within the organization
  2. They work with the Master Black Belts, Project Management Office or other leaders to select projects aligned with organizational strategy
  3. They provide resources for improvement teams
  4. They help remove barriers beyond the team’s control to achieve successful projects
  5. They support and lead change within the organization
  6. They help to develop a culture of Lean Six Sigma

Obviously some Champions embody more aspects of the role than others. But this list outlines what a good Champion is all about.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.