When I think about great leaders who have inspired me—I’ll be honest—mostly fictional characters come to mind: Aragorn, Leia Organa, Jean-Luc Picard, Katniss Everdeen, Jon Snow, Mulan, etc. It makes sense that the ideal leaders are figments of their creators’ imaginations.
There are plenty of non-fictional humans now and throughout history, though, who have inspired millions of people to accomplish great things. They’ve inspired people for a good reason: they’re strong leaders who have given the world great ideas and philosophies.
Leadership Involvement is Key to Safety Cultures
If your company is working toward creating or improving their safety culture, one of the most useful tools to invest in is great leadership. Without the support and guidance of leaders, a safety culture just isn’t going to be successful. You need leaders to
agree on establishing a common goal
create a list of values
set an example for the company
support lower-level management
Why Do You Need Safety Leaders?
A safety culture can’t sustain itself without safety leaders. You need safety leaders to uphold the standards and serve as a model for all of the other employees in the workplace. A safety leader will go above and beyond to make safety a priority—for themselves and for those around them. These safety leaders can also inspire others to do the same.
Share some of your favorite leadership quotes from this list with your employees to inspire more future safety leaders in your workplace.
Leadership Quotes That Inspire Us
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
—John C. Maxwell
“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.”
—Robin S. Sharma
“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.”
—Harold S. Geneen
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”
—Roy E. Disney
“Leadership is a choice, not a position.”
“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.”
“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”
—George Washington Carver
“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
—Harry S Truman
"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things."
"There are no office hours for leaders."
—Cardinal J. Gibbons
As you can see, everyone’s views on strong leadership are a little bit different. Some people value certain attributes more than others, but the main ideas are the same. Great leaders are willing to go above and beyond to bring up the whole team and make difficult decisions, and they always set a good example for those around them.
Being a safety leader is a full time job, no matter who you are. The best leaders create more leaders, not followers. Inspire your employees today with these great leadership quotes, and increase the amount of safety leaders found in your workplace!