Wednesday, June 10, 2015

From Safety 2015: Step Up & Be a Leader

In his June 8 Safety 2015 session, “Step Up and Be a Leader . . . Safety Needs YOU,” M.E. “Eddie” Greer talked about the difference between being a leader and being a manager. “You manage things and you lead people,” Greer says. Leadership training, he says, is one of the missing pieces for OSH professionals.

Being an effective leader requires problem solving, which is accomplished in several ways, including:
  • allowing open communication;
  • removing silos;
  • having the right people in the right place;
  • having a long-term, workable strategy;
  • modeling the way;
  • challenging the process;
  • inspiring a shared vision;
  • enabling others to act;
  • encouraging the heart.

For OSH professionals to truly create a safe work environment, Greer says, they need to step up and become effective safety leaders.

This session was recorded during Safety 2015 and is available for purchase on