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July 11, 2022 at 4:24 am #629
Many object to the use of the phrase “Safety Leadership”. What are your thoughts on the subject?July 11, 2022 at 6:31 am #630
I think safety leadership is a leadership style in and of itself. The academic literature makes a distinction between transformational leadership and safety-specific transformational leadership because you can be a transformational leader and pay no attention to safety.July 11, 2022 at 7:38 am #631
But that’s the point @HSEguy, if you are a transformational leader that pays no attention to safety, then are you really a leader?
Shouldn’t a leader have all leadership qualities, and if they miss any, well then they aren’t really a leaderJuly 12, 2022 at 5:01 am #632
@corporatehseqmanager, not all leaders are created equal. Some leaders will focus on quality more than safety. Many more will prioritize $$ over all else. Safety may be on every leader’s agenda but the passion and drive for it will vary from one leader to the next.October 12, 2022 at 1:05 pm #1072
Check out Alcoa’s Paul O’Neill for the pioneer of safety leadershipOctober 15, 2022 at 2:13 am #1074
Everyone refers to Alcoa’s Paul O’Neill story, like its the only story on safety leadership.
Does anyone else know of any other stories about safety leadership?April 2, 2023 at 12:40 pm #1503MajithParticipant
The term “Safety Leadership” can be a controversial one, with some people objecting to its use because they believe that safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just that of leaders. However, in my opinion, the term can still be useful in promoting a culture of safety within an organization. Effective safety leadership involves setting clear expectations for safety performance, providing resources and support for safety initiatives, and modeling safe behaviors.April 3, 2023 at 9:11 pm #1504
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