Safety leadership champions safety focus. Safety leaders set expectations in the group of what is important. But championing does more than set expectations. Championing is a powerful technique neurologically, as it unconsciously primes the brain by bringing the issue front of mind, frequently and consistently. It follows neuroscience’s manta, neurons that fire together, wire together.
So what is championing? Essentially is it how an individual or the organisation focuses on area that is important. Championing can be used universally. All leaders do it and create environments that promote others to do it.
Here are a list of questions you can ask about yourself, as a leader, and your organisation to assess how frequent and consistently safety is being championed in your business.
- How often is safety discussed in meetings or in your communications? How often does safety get considered in your review of the business?
- Do you have scheduled walkabouts and discussions with your people about safety? Do you record the salient points of the discussions and do you share those experiences regularly with other leaders?
- How do you and your team ensure you run your business safely? Do you only discuss safety when there is a problem? What is the first reaction you see when a safety issue is raised?
- When did you last discuss the future of safety in your business and industry? What do you need to do to prepare for the future changes?
- What have you decision or actions have you recently taken that have led to changes for your people and safety?
Your assessment will show where you are in the safety leadership journey. Great safety leadership will score highly with all of these questions. Use your assessment to feedback to your leaders were your team is strong and were it has opportunities. Remember this is all about improvement.