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The Executive Leading with Safety® Program

The Executive Leading with Safety® Program helps executives strengthen their personal safety ethic to move the culture in a way that places an increasing value on safety. The value of the program comes from the belief that safety starts at the top. A positive change in safety leadership behavior creates a higher shared organizational value for safety, which motivates employees to help reduce exposure, which results in fewer injuries and illnesses and lower costs.

Thousands of leaders have benefitted from this service. DEKRA OSR provides a support team that has deep knowledge in leadership, culture, safety and change execution along with practical experience in adapting this methodology to each client’s unique circumstances.

The Advantage of the Executive Leading with Safety® Program:

  • It develops safety leadership knowledge and skills.
  • It moves the organization from a focus on preventing injuries to a focus on understanding and reducing exposure.
  • It provides individual development at a depth and pace set by the executive.
  • It drives executive team alignment.

How Does It Work?

The program is designed to engage leadership through a mixture of working sessions, assessments, and mentoring. All are unique, reflecting the individual objectives, and their level of safety understanding. The purpose is to give each executive the skillset to lead the organization and the culture toward continuously improving safety performance.

The engagements include some or all of the following three elements:

Individual Safety Leadership Assessment. This assessment measures each executive’s leadership of safety, using DEKRA’s Safety Leadership Diagnostic Instrument (LDI). The LDI assesses perceptions of how the leader uses a Transformational Leadership Style as well as his or her use of the seven Safety Leadership Best Practices — Vision, Credibility, Action Orientation, Communication, Collaboration, Feedback/Recognition, and Accountability.

Each leader is given an individual report that benchmarks their scores against the scores of thousands of other executives.

Team Working Sessions. These working sessions are designed to build alignment within the team and to help teams set clear direction on expectations and on the culture they want to create. DEKRA OSR offers numerous working sessions depending on the organization’s objectives. Each session is two hours in length. They include:

  • Attributes of World-Class Safety
  • Connecting Leadership, Culture and Safety Outcomes
  • Employee Engagement
  • Moments of Safety Transformation (MOST)
  • Moving from Injury Prevention to Exposure Control
  • Personal Safety Ethic
  • Preventing Serious Injury and Fatalities (SIFs)
  • Resolving Goal Conflicts
  • Understanding Brain-Centric Exposures
  • Where Executives Spend Time in Safety

Individual Mentoring. This component matches individual leaders with an advisor or mentor who has extensive expertise in changing organizational culture, exposure causation and prevention, human performance reliability, and safety. The advisor will work with the leader to understand the results of the individual assessment, clarify what they want to accomplish, and develop a plan to help the leader demonstrate a commitment toward safety.

The mentoring relationship can involve one-on-one conversations, observations of the leader in action, and follow-up conversations to help hone the leader’s skills in moving safety forward. The scope of the mentoring is at least once a month lasting at least a full year.