04 Mar The Importance of Safety in Leadership
The Importance of Safety in Leadership
You may be thinking to yourself, what does safety have to do with leadership? The answer is everything. You cannot lead soldiers in combat without safety and you cannot lead employees in the civilian sector as well without safety. Safety and ensuring that your troops or employees are safe should be job number one for every leader around the world.
The fact of the matter is that safety and leadership go hand in hand. In the military before you go on a training mission or a real world mission you have a safety meeting or brief. This is an opportunity for the “leaders” to go over all of the critical elements of what is to come or could possibly come in the heat of a battle. Being prepared and having safety on the minds of all soldiers is critical to ensuring that lives are saved. It is that important.
In the civilian sector it may or may not be life or death situations that you are faced with on a daily basis, but safety is equally important. The well being of your employees as a leader should be a priority in all of the actions that you take. So how do you incorporate safety into your day-to-day activities? You do that by taking the time to understand what your employees need on the job, whether that is equipment, support or anything else that applies in your specific industry.
7 Ways to Safely Lead your Employees
- Pay attention to the little details
- Keep them informed
- Use training as a tool for success
- Communicate effectively
- Give feedback when necessary
- Take the extra steps
- Lead by example
The seven steps outlined above are a roadmap that you can utilize in order to help you focus on what matters in the lives of your employees while at work, transporting between work and home, or vice versa. The actions that you take do impact lives as a leader and it goes beyond ensuring that they are paid on time and have the resources that they need on the job. You have a responsibility promote safety in the workplace, stop work place violence, and protect there welfare while they are under your watch. Having the trust of your employees to be there “safety officer” is both an honor and a privilege.