Leading Safety with “Presence”

One of the most underrated success factors in leading safety culture is your ability to radiate a leadership presence. “Leadership presence” is that quality of leadership that causes people to want to cease the direction they’re going, and follow you instead. It’s the thing that captures their attention, commands their respect, and inspires them to act on your message.  So how do you radiate a leadership presence? 

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Eric Svendsen

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.


  1. Ian Ramsey says:

    An excellent article that provides some key but basic attributes that are important and will help your process towards communicating “your core values of Safety Leadership” which should be further reiterated by “walking the talk” and with transparency that is consistent.

  2. Bernard mbogoh says:

    Thanks a heap you have put it across so well. I think what we only need now is to implement your well researched thinking. its brief but loaded and quite comprehensive.

  3. First of all , i want to Say ;thank you Mr Eric Svendsen,and all the safety BUILT-IN team for there efforts thanks for all what are you doing is a lovely .
    Ahmed /GE EHS Specialiste .

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