Safety Leadership Corner Part 2: 4 Actions for Influential Leadership with Troy Lugg

Welcome back to Safety Leadership Corner! Last week we began our series with Michael Hartnett’s remarks on Greatness in Fear. Here’s one of our favorite quotes:

“To reach these goals it is imperative that we deal with our fears and endure the pain that comes with change, for on the other side of fear and pain is where greatness is attained.”

This week, we welcome Safety Professional Troy Lugg to share his thoughts on influential leadership.

Safety Leadership Corner with Troy Lugg

As leaders in our organizations/companies, we all have a responsibility to influence, inspire and empower those around us to be their best and make the best decisions. It really comes down to how you make people feel with influencing their behaviors and production level. Showing people that you care sets a different tone and dynamic for successful relationships. A person that cares has the passion to inspire, which motivates others to be their best. Truly influential leadership comes from a person that cares for the people they lead.

4 Actions for Influential Leadership

  1. Identify Your Core Values

Identifying our core values gives us the ability to use our strengths that reflect our principles. From our core values flows the ability to build platforms that give a voice to others – a voice that affirms and sets them on the path for success. You will not only be serving your best to your people, but also encouraging them to thrive beyond. The journey of empowerment sets a clear vision for backed by intentional, accountable and consistent relationships.

  1. Be Intentional

Being intentional about our choices and decisions helps to hold each other accountable and keep consistent focus to produce the desired outcome. This happens best through team engagement. It is important to acknowledge others by communicating your appreciation for their efforts. This gives you immediate emotional currency that forges bonds and relationships. Relationships with our people is everything. As leaders we must be tenacious, thoughtful and transparent. By doing so, we offer partnership by transferring integrity to our people resulting in empowerment of the team.

  1. Use Power Wisely

How we use our power is the measure of our leadership. Leaders use their power to empower others. The growth that occurs during empowering others increases your capacity. Three things that negatively affect our abilities to grow and produce are as follows: arrogance, complacency and resistance to change. We must treat our success the same as our failures by reflecting on the journey. Many don’t change unless forced; therefore, causing a lack in urgency. Too much comfort gives no room for improvement. Our mistakes are the best tools for learning.

  1. Have Difficult Conversations

As a leader, you will have difficult conversations. How we handle those conversations defines your leadership; hence, a key component is to listen. If we fail to listen, we undermine our relationship. We must do our best to understand others and be transparent. This experience opens opportunities for collaboration and innovation. Utilize your full potential as a team by accessing your combined greatness and activating your full potential. We all must go through painful challenges to step into our greatness. This group work ethic adds value and makes a transformational difference.

Creating an environment that cares about people builds a trust among teams to share, create and increase performance. Remember, our legacy will live forever by the impact you make to those around you.

Think People-Centered Safety!

Troy is a Safety Professional at Optimum Safety Management™.  Troy is currently responsible for supporting staff and clients to achieve Optimum’s mission: “Partner with our clients to achieve best practices in workplace safety management, resulting in significant gains in engagement, productivity and profitability”.  Troy is also the Lead Safety Professional on multiple construction and general industry accounts at Optimum. Troy holds a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Safety Engineering from Northern Illinois University.

Prior to his work at Optimum, Troy worked as a Safety Manager for a Walsh Construction where he was responsible for the safety of over 1,000 craft tradespeople on multiple projects. His safety experience encompasses road, building, aviation and healthcare construction. Each project encompassed trades from steel erection, precast, concrete and site utilities all the way to the roof and included the structure and mechanicals.

Connect with Troy

Email: TLugg@Optimum-USA.com

For more on leadership and how it relates to a culture of safety, see Safety Leadership Vlogs™.

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