With the advances in information and technology, it is no longer excusable for companies to reason out ignorance or lack of information. Leaders cannot afford to be complacent especially when the welfare of their people and customers are concerned.
There are industries where safety should be the utmost priority especially when they work with combustible chemicals or products, humongous machines people work with, like in factories, or ride, like in amusement parks. Any miscalculation or slight dip in vigilance may spell a disaster.
Management and security systems in organizations are usually set up, implemented and supervised by the organizational heads. It follows that accountability is mostly in their hands, and receive accolade from the public if safety is ensured and enjoyed or blame if accidents take place.
This paper shall discuss the concepts of Leadership, Safety in organizations, and best practices in safety leadership. Specifically, it focuses on the middle manager, whose leadership duties extend in all directions, from their immediate supervisors, their peers and colleagues, down to their subordinates, who are directly involved in ensuring and maintaining the safety of the organization.
Organizations wait upon the decisions of top leaders. Usually, the burden gets too heavy for them to handle that they need to delegate to certain trusted people, usually, their immediate subordinates, who are likewise responsible for a team. These are the middle managers.
John Maxwell (2005) believes that “Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit. Anyone can choose to become a leader wherever he is. You can make a difference no matter where you are” (Maxwell, 2005, p. 7). This contention means that leadership is not limited to one’s position in the organization. Middle managers may find it difficult to grasp this concept, having been used to receiving instructions from their supervisors. They usually feel they