Safety is fast-becoming the new leadership. So consider this a primer. On this episode, we will connect safety to leadership in seven different ways.
Leadership has nothing to do with management. Safety leadership, therefore, has nothing to do with safety management. You don’t have to be in management to be a leader.
Leadership is not a position. It is an attitude - management is the position. One has nothing to do with the other.
Companies are waking up to the fact that people who blindly follow orders on a job site still get hurt. Helping people to connect with their own leadership abilities can help people to think more clearly on the job. It is for this reason that in the workplace, safety is fast-becoming the new leadership.
Look at any list of leadership traits and you will see a direct relationship to the list of traits of outstanding safety performers. So let's explore those. Here are the list of 7 character traits that solid safety leaders will possess.
Kevin Burns is a management consultant, safety speaker and author of PeopleWork: The Human Touch in Workplace Safety. He is an expert in how to engage people in safety and believes that the best place to work is always the safest place to work. Kevin helps organizations integrate caring for and valuing employees through their safety programs.