Safety Leadership: It’s Not Just for the (en)Titled

Employee safety leadershipWhen creating a safety leadership culture we tend to focus on building leadership capability in those who have official management titles in the organization and who supervise people.  That’s important to do, but it would be a mistake to leave it at that.[content_protector password=”entitled” identifier=”entitled”]

It’s equally important to build those same leadership skills in your front-line employees.  They’re the ones who are most at risk, they’re the ones who are most likely to see an unsafe behavior take place, and the culture has to be led by them for that culture to stick.

We need to get them to a place where they feel like owners of their environment, where they are empowered to lead safety, and where they are unafraid to say something if they see an unsafe activity.

Unless they perceive that they’re part of the effort–and unless they’re empowered to lead at their level–they’ll never embrace the culture as their own, and they’ll never take ownership for that culture.

So, in upcoming issues of Recordable Insights, we’ll look at some ways to develop leadership skills in your front-line employees to help solidify the safety culture.  That’s it for this edition of Recordable Insights.  We’ll see you next time.



About the Author

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.