LEAD Frontline Safety

Leading safety at the sharp-end.
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An overview of an innovative safety leadership model: LEAD
Best practices of safety leadership associated with the LEAD model
2-3 practices you can try out in the workplace to improve safety performance of your team


  • No perquisites apply, although ideally you will be a team leader or supervisor


To maintain and continuously improve work health and safety (WHS) performance in this environment, leaders must help workers to resolve two fundamental dilemmas. The first dilemma involves how safety goals are framed, and is between preventing negative outcomes (i.e., the absence of safety) and promoting positive outcomes (i.e., the presence of safety). The second dilemma involves how uncertainty is managed, and is between achieving stability (i.e., exploiting existing capabilities) and achieving flexibility (i.e., exploring new capabilities).

Following on from these dilemmas, leadership can no longer be considered as a static or stable phenomenon. Leadership, and indeed safety leadership (as a subset of ‘good’ leadership) is in a constant state of flux, changing in response to the threats, demands, and opportunities conveyed by the current work situation.

This is the LEAD model. Developed by the Office of Industrial Relations with Curtin University and the University of Queensland, the LEAD model provides a scaffold that guides when and how to apply certain safety leadership tactics to produce the best results. This course introduces and reinforces the LEAD model. It is suited for leaders in safety-critical industries, or those who simply want to learn more about how to improve team performance.

Importantly, the LEAD model is supported by a growing base of evidence. Across 30 organisations, we found that workers’ perceptions of the LEAD elements predicted safety compliance and proactivity (i.e., offering ideas to improve WHS) through creating or inducing a specific mindset. Also, we found that LEAD behaviours create a shared experience around WHS (the ‘safety climate’), which assists organisations to implement safety management strategies more effectively.

Who this course is for:

  • Team leaders, supervisors, and high potential workers


Safety Scientist
Tristan Casey
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 45 Reviews
  • 2,685 Students
  • 1 Course

Dr Tristan Casey is a Lecturer at Griffith University’s Safety Science Innovation Lab. Tristan is the developer of the LEAD Safety Culture toolkit through his prior work with the Office of Industrial Relations, Workplace Health & Safety Queensland. Tristan holds a Professional Doctorate in Organisational Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in WHS. Through his current and prior roles, Tristan has developed skills in measurement and intervention design, with the aim of improving organisational culture. Tristan has a particular interest in applying ideas and concepts around safety climate and culture, and is currently working with Prof Andrew Neal at University of Queensland in this area. Tristan has worked with diverse organisations across multiple industries to diagnose the cultural challenges they face by developing and implementing validated scientific tools (e.g., power utilities in Saudi Arabia, oil and gas construction in Malaysia, construction in Australia).

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