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From Safety Leader to Business Leader – Bridging the Gap

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Winston Churchill once said, “The difference between management and leadership is communication”

This 75-minute interactive presentation will guide you through the process of planning to move beyond the role of an OSH Leader to becoming a “Safety Business Leader” – and the requisite Business, Leadership, Communication Skills needed to get there.

Why is this so important? Because CEO’s want their safety professionals to have “a seat at the table.” But what does it take to get there?

Well, in annual surveys, they repeatedly state their desire to have safety leaders demonstrate an ability to look beyond their expertise and make decisions, taking into account the entire business, and what will ultimately benefit shareholder value. While their answers may vary, five attributes consistently appear near the top of the list – Technical Expertise, Accomplishments, Business Knowledge, Leadership and Communication

Change is needed. Either you need to change, their perception needs to change, or both. The problem is that moving beyond a focus on your area of expertise to a more comprehensive business leadership role can be daunting. It involves stepping out of an established professional comfort zone and to learn, or improve upon, knowledge of key business fundamentals while simultaneously maintaining the expected results in your area of specialty. These topics include, but are not limited to, finance, productivity, operations, communication, employee relations and leadership skills.

A Safety Business Leader is not a formal title. It is a comprehensive mindset blending the safety professional’s SME role with the strategic business goals of the organization or business unit where they are working. The Safety Business Leader is not limited to supporting the strategic goals, but has influence on establishing the strategic goals from the start.

A safety professional can be a Safety Business Leader regardless of their years of experience or formal place in the company’s organizational structure.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why companies seek Business Leaders over Managers for leadership roles
  • List the 5 consistent areas that Corporate Leaders say they seek in Business Leader colleagues Implement Communication and Leadership skills required for this role


  • Access to the live webcast.
  • Access to the recording of the session in your Learn@ASSE Dashboard!
  • Handouts from the session
  • 0.2 CEUs


  • ASSE Member Price: $95
  • Non-Member Price: $115
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