By Madison Hanscom, Ph.D.
It is the responsibility of leaders to demonstrate how to act during times of uncertainty. At its core, walking the talk involves leaders acting in ways that align with their stated values and the stated values of the company. When a leader practices what they preach, this builds trust among followers, which is the belief that leaders will act in their best interest. This in turn helps create improved safety culture, morale, and safety outcomes. Although employees always look to leaders as role models, this is particularly important during times of crisis. During difficult moments like the one we are currently in with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several things you can do to “walk the talk”:
These principles hold true during times of prosperity, crisis, and also the transitional periods in between. Times of change and recovery can be difficult, but by demonstrating these leadership competencies in a consistent manner, leaders can work towards building a successful “new normal”.
Read more from this blog series:
DEMONSTRATING ACTIVE CARE DURING A TIME OF CRISIS
DRIVE THINKING & SPEAKING DURING A TIME OF CRISIS
RECOGNIZE & FOSTER GROWTH DURING A TIME OF CRISIS
BUILD & LIVE THE VISION DURING A TIME OF CRISIS
Please see our additional leadership competency blogs for more insight:
Blog Series: Five Core Safe Production Leadership Competencies that Drive Safe Production Culture
Safe Production Leadership Competency Series: Active Caring Promotes Positive Safety Culture
Safe Production Leadership Competency Series: Walk the Talk
Safe Production Leadership Competency Series: Build and Live the Vision
Safe Production Leadership Competency Series: Recognize and Foster Growth
Safe Production Leadership Competency Series: Drive Thinking and Speaking
At Propulo, we work with leaders to develop micro-habits associated with effective leadership behaviors. We can help your company make safety “who we are” instead of “something we do.”
Please visit our website (Propulo Consulting) for more business insights and leadership resources.