The Safety Leadership Challenge

The Safety Leadership Challenge [White Paper]

Building Safety Leadership Soft-Skills for Exemplary Safety Performance

Despite decades of attention across a raft of disciplines, the goal of zero harm continues to elude the grasp of most organisations in heavy industry. Quite simply, the costs of incidents—both personal and financial—continue to accumulate and represent significant road-blocks to safety performance and societal wellbeing. To overturn these costs and continue to realise performance gains in safety, organisations must look beyond engineering-based control, behavioural and attitudinal solutions, and towards leadership. Specifically, organisations must look to build safety leadership soft-skills at all levels of their business.

In this white paper, we explore the fundamental soft-skills safety leaders need to effectively encourage a culture of Safety Citizenship and exemplary safety performance.


  • The Safety Leadership Challenge
  • The Safety Plateau
  • Building Safety Citizenship
  • Safety Leadership on the Frontline
  • 8 Safety Leadership Competencies of Effective Safety Leaders
Safety Leadership Challenge
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First published 2014. Last updated 2018.

Sentis specialises in safety culture measurement and transformation. Experts in applied psychology and neuroscience, Sentis helps organisations to enhance and move beyond compliance to empower employees to work safely—not because they have to, but because they want to. Offering assessments, training, coaching and consulting, Sentis has helped more than 300 companies and 150,000 people think differently about safety since 2003.