1st Edition

Practical Guide to Safety Leadership An Evidence-Based Approach

By Luke Daniel Copyright 2018
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    Leaders can shape an organisation through their behaviours and their vision. If an organisation lacks a clear vision or there is disengagement by the leadership team, then the results can be disastrous. In such circumstances change is needed. When change is needed, the value of safety can become a change agent. From the disciplines of leadership and safety comes the emerging topic of safety leadership. Through safety leadership, workplace challenges can be rectified and the desired behaviours reinforced.

    These challenges can span from a lack of leadership engagement, poor safety performance, complacency or lack of safety ownership. Understanding how safety leadership differs from other leadership theories can give you a competitive edge which is not solely based upon financial quotas, but instead based upon the moral code of ensuring the health and well-being of your employees.

    This book goes beyond mere safety slogans or anecdotal stories that relate to safety leadership. Instead an empirical and research-based approach will be shared which can help improve the overall culture of an organisation as well as the safety of employees. Tools, case studies, theories and practical applications will be shared which can help create the blueprint for organisational change that you seek. Even when things are working well, constant innovation and adoption of best practices can help companies go from good to great and leave a lasting legacy for employees and customers alike.

    Detailing the mechanics of safety leadership, this book will drive the change and results you want.

    Introduction: cutting through the motherhood statements

    Chapter 1: Defining Safety Leadership: making sure we are talking about the same thing

    Empirical Definition of Safety Leadership

    How Safety Leadership differs from other Leadership Models

    Job Position and Influence on Safety Leadership

    Case Study

    Organisational and Personal Application


    Chapter 2: Safety Leadership Behaviours: transforming the intangible to the tangible

    Role of Behaviour-Based Safety

    Specific Safety Leadership Behaviours

    Adaptive Safety Leadership Behaviours

    Personal Variables and Influences on Behaviour


    Psychological Considerations

    Environmental Considerations

    Case Study

    Organisational and Personal Application

    Chapter 3: Model of Safety Leadership Influence: golden road to safety leadership

    Introducing the RAVE Model of Safety Leadership





    Safety Management Systems

    Case Study

    Organisational and Personal Application

    Chapter 4: Importance of Culture: the DNA of an organisation

    Safety Culture

    Components of a Safety Culture

    Unearthing the True Culture

    Cultural Analysis

    Changing Culture

    Case Study

    Organisational and Personal Application

    Chapter 5: Innovation and Emerging Paradigms: shifting the needle on safety: progressing from dogma to science

    Overall assumptions: what context is relevant before you proceed?

    Key objectives

    What is the Dilemma Part #1: Valuing Bureaucracy Vs Valuing People

    Safety Research: Organisational Values and Safety

    What is the Dilemma Part #2: Safety Dogma

    How Can we Facilitate Change? Applying The 5i Approach


    Intelligence: Inquire | Learn

    Instigate: Teach a Man to Fish

    Implement: Top-Down | Bottom-Up

    Internalise| Personalise | Embed

    Where to From Here? Summary and Future directions

    Chapter Six: Embedding Learnings and Ensuring Longevity: making the information stick

     Potential Learning and Development Risks and Failures

    Organisational Structure applied to the ‘Zero Incident’ Dilemma

    Setting up for Success

    Case Study

    Organisational and Personal Application

    Chapter 7: Journey Forward: continuing to challenge the status quo …


    Luke Daniel is a registered psychologist with over 15 years’ experience consulting, coaching and developing leaders across the globe. His work has included facilitation of workshops across multiple continents as well as analysing workplace culture.