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I speak to thousands of company executives and safety professionals about safety leadership, and this is the comment I frequently hear: “I get it, but my CEO does not.”
I believe most CEOs understand the importance of safety, but the multitude of demands they face may force safety to the back burner. CEOs leading high-consequence businesses must never allow this to happen.
There is no “secret ingredient” for successful safety leadership. The skills required are the same needed for top-notch organizational and operational leadership: attention to detail, focused execution, standardized and disciplined processes, an understanding of roles, meaningful metrics, personal accountability and alignment around the group mission and vision.
Your role must be to lead consistently with safety in mind; you will be tested repeatedly on your commitment to safety as a core value.
No matter what we say or do to align our company with the understanding that safety is a core, non-negotiable value, front line employees must be committed. If employees fail to adopt safety as an ongoing commitment, it won’t take long for the holes in the armor to show up. People who cannot lead or operate safely and who do not buy into your vision must go.
However, if everyone gets behind the mission, you are well on your way to establishing a safety culture that will contribute to bottom-line success.
Safety excellence begins and ends with your leadership. Safety success depends on your ability to stand above the crowd and lead with conviction. Stay the course. Eliminate the noise, and don’t accept defeat.
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