Leading for safety: A question of leadership focus
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There is considerable evidence that leadership influence workplace safety, but less is known about the relative importance of different leadership styles. The present study investigated the relative roles of transformational, transactional (MBEA), and safety-specific leadership styles for different safety outcomes. Data was collected through a survey responded by 269 employees at a process industry. The results showed that a safety-specific leadership style contributed the most to enhanced safety. Transformational leadership was not found to contribute to any safety outcome over and above that of a safety-specific leadership, while a monitoring and correcting transactional leadership style was associated with an increased number of injuries. Results also indicated that a separation of injuries into different degrees of severity may be beneficial for the detection of significant relationships between organizational factors and injury outcomes.
Workplace safety, transformational, transactional, safety-specific leadership, compliance, safety initiative, injuries
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116685OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-116685DiVA: diva2:807268
FunderSwedish Radiation Safety Authority, SSM2010-4464