Safety Leadership

In many industries, safety has become a focus area, some places driven by regulatory drivers and some places by sincere heartfelt desires to work safe and protect employees and environment from the consequences of accidents and incidents.

There are many approaches to how you can achieve safety leadership, but most common mistake is that safety is treated as a separate item and not as an integrated part of the daily work. This is also why so many campaigns have good results, but mostly short term, simply because they do not change the fundamental way the individual or the organization thinks.

Our approach does not come from a safety perspective, but rather from a point of understanding how the human brain works and how you can influence the brain in a more efficient way.

Our concept of Integrated Leadership Solutions already has this new paradigm for safety leadership build in. We do not believe that separating performance requirements from safety or from quality for that sake, works. Why not? You might ask… simply because our actions, behaviors and decisions happen mostly in a simultaneous fashion, so if the brain is not conditioned to think all three at the same time, it will do what gives the biggest reward, and in most cases, that will be performance.

Our Lead to Inspire series of workshops is founded on the key notion, that the leader has to be the role model and that if the leader understands his or her potential influence on their subordinates, this role modeling will penetrate through the layers of the organization and create a truly safe organization.

The characteristics of a safety leader are that safety is a personal value to them, and that they relentlessly drive the message in all they do. They do not only wear the proper PPE, but also follows the safety procedures and intervene when they see other people who do not.

Good safety leaders also work intensively to create a climate and culture of the organization that supports this message and they openly express that they expect the same from their subordinates and that they do not tolerate anything else. They also make sure that the needed resources to work safe are available, so that objectives can be met without compromising.

Great safety leaders use an open two-way communication and rewards subordinates who speak up about safety issues. They make sure that third party providers have the proper training and they spend time with them, to help them understand how things are done.

Leaders who want to be a true safety leader, accept the responsibility they have for the well being of their people and the organization and the environment around it. Safety Leadership is not a “must”, but a “want-to”

You can read more about our Safety Leadership workshop here…