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10 ways to look at Safety like a Leader

Posted by Sienna Luard·

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 The National Safety Council shared some insightful ideas regarding forward looking safety leadership at their recent NSC Conference and Expo.

10 ways to look at Safety like a Leader

  • A  leader sees safety as a value that guides decisions.  Safety is not just a sign on the wall.
  • Great leaders exhibit both power and authority. Effective leaders understand that their interactions with their colleagues foster respect.
  • There must be trust within a team if it’s members are going to come together and make their workplace safer in the future.
  • People who feel that they have something to contribute to safety will be be engaged in the safety culture.
  • Leaders understand that mistake-based discipline is not productive. An effective safety leader will find opportunities for training and improvement.  They see a prevention mindset as a much more constructive way to look at safety than a blame mindset.
  • Safety leaders examine the individual and the organization when determining the root cause of any issue. Does the organization tolerate unclear processes or an attitude of complacency that accepts that things have always been done this way?
  • Safety Processes work when people follow them. Effective safety leaders tell their teams that short cuts are not an option.
  • Effective leaders utilize the same process to investigate an issue whether the outcome was minor or major.  They resolve the problem no matter what the severity so that it does not happen again.
  • Leading indicators predict outcomes, and therefore are crucial.  Lagging indicators offer valuable context but you cannot go back and undo what happened.
  • Safety applies to all departments.  Effective safety leaders tear down silos and encourage their employees to work together to make safety a way of life.


Wombat Software develops tools to help people look at safety like like a leader.  We want to help build proactive versus reactive safety cultures.  Tell us your thoughts on how to bring people together when it comes to safety.  How do you integrate these ideas into your everyday work?