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Categorization of effective safety leadership facets

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationErgonomics and human factors in safety management
EditorsPedro Arezes, Paulo Carvalho
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4987-2757-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-4987-2756-3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book
Event5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE -
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …

Publication series

NameIndustrial and Systems Engineering Series
PublisherCRC Press


Conference5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE
Period1/01/14 → …


Safety leadership is a key factor for promoting safety performance in organizations. Safety leadership is important to motivate employee safety participation and compliance, as well as to improve related safety outcomes. Based on current research, certain safety leadership competencies are vital with regard to safety performance. By developing safety leadership, organizations could improve their effectiveness by achieving better safety performance. This study aims to suggest a scheme for categorizing effective safety leadership facets and discuss the importance of developing safety leadership. The results are based on a literature review and the findings of 17 interviews carried out in a Finnish expert organization, and they are structured following the transactional and transformational leadership theory. The results point toward the importance of all traditional facets of transactional and transformational leadership with regard to safety performance, and the facet of idealized influence leadership is emphasized. Other important facets are inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and management by exception. Thus, both the transactional and transformational facets of safety leadership should be exercised and developed.


  • safety management, Safety leadership

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland