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Leading to Safety // Leadership Programs

Learning Objectives

This hands-on one day workshop is designed to provide leaders with the skills, tools and mindset to lead in a safe work environment.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define the case for safety from multiple stakeholders
  • Describe the attributes of a safety culture and safety climate
  • Assess their site against research-based safety culture attributes
  • Articulate the role of leaders at different levels in creating culture and climate
  • Evaluate various scenarios and determine the impact of the leader’s behavior
  • Examine the value of employee ownership of safety
  • Explore individual leadership practices in communicating top-down messages about the organization’s commitment to a safety culture
  • Analyze the “broken window” theory and its applicability to safety
  • Apply the SAID model to a safety conversation
  • Use the Stop-Focus-Go model to improve conservative decision making in all situations
  • Identify different methods to motivate employees to behave safely
  • Debunk common excuses managers give for not leading safety




  • Introduction
  • Learning objectives
  • ZOOM activity – we are in this together
  • Case for safety – multiple stakeholders
  • Why they care

Safety Culture vs. Safety Climate

  • Definitions
  • Safety culture assessment
  • Bad ways to get there – enforcement or blame leadership/others

Building Trust

  • Technical, personal and ethical
  • Personal trust importance and value

Owners vs. Renters

  • Definition
  • Scenarios – what is being created?


  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Scenarios – tapping into intrinsic

Organizational Communication

  • Principles – TLC
  • Whisper Down the Lane activity
  • Buttermilk activity
  • Three reasons it fails


  • Levels of accountability
  • Life saving rules, cardinal rules, etc.

One-on-One Communication

  • Broken Window theory
  • Examples within the company
  • SAID model application

Conservative Decision Making

  • Stop-Focus-Go
  • Scenarios – assumptions and beliefs

Why We Fail to Lead to Safety

  • Devil’s advocate
  • Common excuses and responses

Workshop Close