Strong leadership by all stakeholders will be essential if we are to improve standards of work-related health, argues Lawrence Waterman OBE.

Whether it’s the latest tweet from President Trump, arguments over authoritarianism in Poland or the anti-migrant rhetoric of Salvini in Italy, questions about the survival of Prime Minister May and the ambitions of Boris Johnson – political leadership, good, bad and indifferent, is always in the news not only in the UK but elsewhere. And who wants to model their management style on Putin, who is routinely described in terms that used to be restricted to episodes of The Sopranos?

There is another meaning of the term leadership. Instead of being the state or position of being a leader, it can also be about the abilities and actions to lead a group of people or an organisation. For most of us, it is this second definition that we talk about when exploring the abilities required and the actions to be taken to lead others to perform better in health and safety. This is a focus on the process of leadership, and is a long way from politics.

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