Safety and Sustainability: Focus on Leadership
Contributed by ASSE Professional Safety Magazine
Leadership means defining a new approach that accounts for the leader’s role in reducing exposure and in creating a climate and culture that is favorable for safety.
Good leadership is essential for the effective operation of any organization. Good leadership begins with defining the organization’s expectations (purpose, vision, values, goals and policies), aligning these with the expectations of other stakeholders and developing a strategy for achieving these expectations. Leaders must also demonstrate commitment to improvement through practical leadership by “walking the talk”.
Best practices for successful leaders to use in their daily activities:
- Action Orientation
- Feedback and Recognition
A leader must have a clear understanding of management to be effective in establishing a culture that promotes safety. The leader must be aware of day-to-day work pressures that will encourage work practices that may contribute to injuries. These flaws must be addressed and carefully examined to eliminate areas of potential harm. The fundamental role of the leader relating to safety is enabling hazard elimination and control.