Does Promoting a Safe Employee Equal Safety Leadership Success?

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

Imagine you have an employee who follows all the rules, is highly detail-oriented, and overall is very
safety-oriented.  This employee has been with the company for 5 years now and has proven to be very effective in his current role and has demonstrated his ability to work safely in many situations.

This employee sounds like the perfect person for promotion into a leadership position, right?  In particular, given his high level of engagement in safety activities, he may be good to guide others to be more safety-oriented.  Well, not so fast…Oftentimes these star employees will be promoted to leadership positions based on their current performance and, once in the role, will not be successful.  In other words, these leaders derail.


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