Great Safety Leaders Give Away Power

Certainly great safety leaders don’t always give away their power and authority, but there are times when it is in everyone’s best interest to give at least some of it away.  This is especially true when trust has been built and there is a history of working well and successfully with others. It Takes Smarts and Hearts Great safety leaders know that they have to be selective with whom they give their power to and when.  Individuals who are trusted and have the kinds of knowledge and skills necessary, are near the top of that list.  These kinds of workers

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Developing The EHS Bubba Within

Leaders who are expected to make regular and sustained improvements regarding the environment, health, and safety (EHS) need to impact each of their workers’ domains of attitude formation, not simply the behavioral.  And leaders who get engaged and directly involved with their workers have the best chance to connect on deeper levels, both emotionally and cognitively.  That means greater influence and success. The very best leaders that I have worked with learn to drive out fear and create openness in communications with their workers.  These same leaders help to bring about confidence where it was lacking.  They bring about credibility

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Safety – Gotta Coach ‘Em Hard – Hug ‘Em Later

Football season has just begun and lots of high school and college coaches are pretty frustrated right now.  Many are trying to figure out why their kids (athletes) aren’t getting it.  And many haven’t realized that as a coach, you can’t just show up in August and try to coach a kid real hard.  Coaches have to build trust and relationships, which in-turn affords opportunities to drive kids harder – to get more out of them.  When a coach spends time getting to know a young athlete, long before and after a season begins, the ground becomes increasingly fertile to

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Safety and Servant Leadership: Does it Give Us the Best Chance to Win?

I’m a fan of servant leadership.  I first wrote about it in a cover story for Professional Safety in 1996.  Servant leadership is largely about developing and helping others first – allowing them to become leaders too.  And I think for front-line leaders and even for leaders in the middle, servant leadership offers the best chance to win – to create a safety culture of extreme success and excellence.  Even when we compare servant leadership to transformational leadership, for me, servant leadership wins out.  And even though there is a paucity of empirical work surrounding servant leadership, it is looking

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