6 Good Safety Leader Attributes
Numerous research studies and real-world case study examples point to a number of effective leadership attributes that lead to success and sustainable culture change over time. Below are just 6 of many attributes that prove effective in helping to lead safety culture change effectively in your organisation:
- Establish the vision and be consistent in its execution: this is key to building trust throughout the organisation. Many leaders fail in establishing the initial Safety Vision and then remaining consistent in following that vision over time.
- Listen and engage people in the process: while gaining trust is extremely important, so too is how valued your people feel through participating in the safety vision process. Staff feedback is highly important and incorporating that feedback into the Safety Vision gives it a better chance of success.
- Set challenging but achievable process-goals: the vision is supported by process goals and these goals must be challenging, achievable and measurable in their delivery throughout each layer of the organisation.
- Empower safety champions: no initiative can be sustainable without sub-leaders/champions of that initiative. Ensuring that the front-line is equipped and empowered to ‘champion the cause’ in a transparent way will lead to success.
- Communicate the safety message effectively: once the vision is clear, process goals are set and safety champions are identified, the communication of the vision in an engaging and cooperative way is very important. Any vision needs constant feedback and refinement and the only way this is possible is to keep Safety Management living through interactive communication systems and support.
- Reward milestones achieved: everyone likes to be rewarded for their efforts and even token acknowledgement can go a long way to maintain motivation once targets are achieved. Even better, se if you can create competition and visual league tables to tap into your people’s intrinsic motivation!