We’ve never met a leader that didn’t want a better culture for their organization. We hear statements like, “we need to change the safety culture,” every day. What is odd is that the leaders who make these statements usually think they are talking about other people, when in reality they are talking about themselves.
We know that “leadership creates culture;” any leader will tell you that. When we say leaders are always creating culture, we don’t mean that leaders are always trying to create culture. We don’t mean that leaders are always thinking about the culture. We don’t mean that leaders always have a program to work on their culture. Quite to the contrary, we mean that leaders are always creating culture, for better or for worse, whether they intend to or not.
This is an excerpt from the book 7 Insights into Safety Leadership, written by Kristen Bell and Tom Krause.