The phrase “leadership support” has become a cliché in discussing safety. We always hear about the importance of leadership support and “walking the talk.” The reason we hear so much about such support is because it is important. Yet it is too often poorly defined. Leadership support is often seen as just delivering a series of messages about the importance of safety. However, building leadership support requires the same type of analysis and planning that goes into implementing the behavior-based safety (BBS) effort. Leadership participation and support is so important that a significant amount of time should be invested in planning and building accountability for critical leadership practices.
The five practices that follow provide a framework for defining leadership support for Values-Based Safety®. Leadership must visibly demonstrate these practices for everyone involved in implementing Values-Based Safety®. The behaviors that define these practices will help you support both safety and your new safety improvement initiative.