Safety Leadership Training

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About the Safety Leadership Training Program

Leaders play a critical role in influencing safety culture and performance.

The Safety Leadership Development program equips leaders with the language, tools and skills to enable them to make conscious choices and build a culture of care, trust, ownership and accountability.

The program educates leaders in understanding human behaviour, why people do what they do, what causes human error and what they can do to influence others to own and consciously choose safety.

What's Covered in Our Safety Leadership Training Program

Safety Leadership Training Program Delivery Format


There are many factors that go into building a truly safe workplace, from systems and processes to culture and training. But one trumps all – safety leadership.

Leaders directly influence about 70 per cent of an employee’s behaviour and this can have a significant impact on generating and driving safety culture. Safety leadership is one of the most important – and least understood – influences on workplace safety.

Effective safety leaders not only improve the safety performance of their teams but are also more successful business leaders, enjoy improved morale and build better relationships.

Our Safety Leadership Training Program vs. Behavioural Safety Training

The Jonah Group’s safety leadership training program stands out as a superior alternative to traditional behaviour-based safety training methods. It focuses on creating a culture of genuine care and ownership.Traditional behaviour-based programs focus on observing and correcting workers’ behaviour without fully understanding the underlying motivations, unconscious thinking and decision-making processes that lead to risky behaviour. This approach reinforces a culture of compliance distinct from genuine ownership and care.

The Jonah Group’s Safety Leadership Training Program influences people to own safety because they genuinely ‘want to’ rather than ‘have to’.

The Jonah Group’s safety leadership training for managers and leaders delves deeper into the psychology of behaviour and decision-making, helping leaders comprehend why people engage in unsafe practices and how to influence them to make conscious choices regarding safety. By emphasising safety leadership, the Jonah Group’s program equips leaders with the necessary tools and skills to drive a sustainable culture of care, trust, ownership, and accountability within their teams. As a result, organisations that have experienced the limitations of behavioural safety training models often turn to the Jonah Group for a more comprehensive and effective approach to workplace safety.

By prioritising safety leadership training, the Jonah Group ensures that leaders are well-equipped to create a lasting positive impact on the safety and well-being of their employees, ultimately protecting businesses and saving lives.

Why use Jonah Group For Safety Leadership Training

Jonah Group’s experts know safety. Not just because they have studied it – but because they have lived it.

In 1999, founders Nada and Robert Wentzel were involved in a horrific accident that left them burned and scarred. The accident led to a life-long inquiry to discover why smart people are capable of such mistakes.

Today, they share that knowledge with leaders from the boardroom to the front line, driving real change in people’s attitudes, behaviour and mindset – and ensuring safety and well-being. In a world where more than 2 million die every year from work-related accidents and disease, safety is Jonah Group’s mission.

Whether psychological or physical health and safety, Jonah Group’s experts help people understand the science of decision-making, risk and human error and in doing so, build safety leadership capability to help leaders create sustainable cultures of safety.

Jonah Group. Saving Lives. Protecting business.

Benefits of Safety Leadership Coaching

Safety Leadership Coaching it's about instilling a mindset that prioritises safety at every turn, shapes decision-making processes, and influences interactions within the team. Engaging in such coaching can significantly transform the work environment, leading to a plethora of benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits of undertaking safety leadership coaching:

Cultivating a Proactive Approach:

Rather than waiting for mishaps to dictate safety measures, leaders equipped with proper safety coaching adopt a proactive stance. They anticipate potential risks and implement preventive measures, ensuring a consistent and vigilant approach to workplace safety.

Enhancing Communication Channels:

Effective safety leaders understand the importance of open dialogue. Coaching arms them with the tools and techniques to facilitate constructive conversations about safety, ensuring everyone feels heard and valued.

Driving Engagement and Commitment:

When leaders emphasise safety, it demonstrates a genuine concern for the well-being of the team. This boosts morale and engagement, as employees recognise they're valued beyond their job roles.

Boosting Organisational Reputation:

In today's age, companies renowned for their commitment to safety attract not just top talent, but also discerning clients who prioritise partnerships with responsible businesses.

Strengthening Team Cohesion:

Safety leadership coaching emphasises collective responsibility. When everyone feels accountable for each other's safety, it fosters a sense of unity, boosting team cohesion and collaborative efforts.

Reducing Incidents and Downtime:

Proactive safety measures, driven by effective leadership, naturally lead to a reduction in workplace incidents. This means fewer disruptions and downtimes, ensuring projects remain on track.

Supporting Continuous Improvement:

Safety leadership isn't a static concept. Coached leaders are equipped to continuously assess and improve safety protocols, ensuring the organisation stays ahead of potential risks.

Personal Growth and Development:

Beyond organisational benefits, safety leadership coaching promotes personal growth. Leaders develop a keen sense of empathy, enhance their problem-solving skills, and learn to navigate challenges with a balanced, safety-first approach.

Liability and Cost Reduction:

By minimising workplace incidents, organisations can significantly reduce potential legal liabilities and associated costs, safeguarding the company's financial health.

Encouraging Accountability and Ownership:

Safety leaders, through their example, instil a culture where every team member takes ownership of their safety and that of their peers. This collective accountability paves the way for a holistic safety environment.

The role of a leader extends beyond managerial tasks. In the realm of workplace safety, their influence is paramount. Safety leadership courses aren’t a mere optional add-on but a critical investment. It shapes leaders who not only guide but also protect, nurture, and inspire their teams towards a safer, more productive future. Get started with your safety training online today!


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Safety Leadership Training - FAQs

Behavioural safety training focuses on modifying workers’ actions to reduce accidents and incidents, while safety leadership training emphasises equipping managers with the necessary knowledge and tools to foster a culture of care, trust, ownership, and accountability. Safety leadership training addresses the root causes of unsafe practices by understanding the psychology behind decision-making and human behaviour. It influences people to think and do safety because they ‘want to’ distinct from ‘have to’. Behavioural-based safety is a compliance-based process process.


It usually involves peer-to-peer observation and feedback. This approach can create a psychologically unsafe environment and drive a ‘tick and flick’ compliance culture. In contrast, safety leadership training delves deeper into the underlying motivations and decision-making processes that lead to risky behaviour. It is underpinned by a value of curiosity and learning and recognition that people’s behaviour is influenced by the context, the environment, relationships and broader organisational factors. Interactions focus on understanding the ‘why’ behind the behaviour and learning. The safety leadership training helps leaders influence their teams to make conscious choices regarding safety, ultimately creating a sustainable safety culture within the organisation.

Safety leadership training for managers and leaders is suitable for leaders at all levels, from the boardroom to the front-line supervisors and team leaders. The program is designed to equip leaders with the language, tools, and skills necessary to effectively influence their teams and promote a culture of physical and psychological safety.

The Jonah Group’s safety leadership training program is offered through a 20-week blended learning format, combining face-to-face or virtual sessions with coaching and classroom-based learning. A comprehensive 180° Safety Leadership Scorecard® is provided for evaluation and progress tracking before and after the program.

While safety leadership training can be used alongside traditional behavioural-based safety training, it offers a more comprehensive and effective approach to workplace safety. By focusing on safety leadership, the program ensures that leaders are well-equipped to create a lasting positive impact on the safety and well-being of their employees.