Characteristics of admired leaders (Jim Clemmer)

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By George Robotham

Characteristics of admired leaders (Jim Clemmer)

Over recent years I have carried out a lot of research on leadership, there is a vast body of leadership knowledge that can be and should be applied to OHS. I believe leadership is the often forgotten key to excellence in most things we do. I have worked for a large number of lousy leaders and a very small number of great leaders.

My research into leadership has taken many forms and one thing I have discovered is that some of the high profile American leadership authors spend a lot of time telling you how incredibly clever they are, over sell their success stories and overcomplicate things.

If you type “jim clemmer” into Google you will locate his web site. There are a number of quite cheap books available. I do not know if it is still available but I was able to download a 200 page book free of charge. The book is interesting reading, easy to read, has a lot of quotes, case studies and anecdotes and made a lot of sense to me.

Characteristics of admired leaders-Jim Clemmer

Leaders take initiative and do what needs to be done rather than waiting for someone else to do something (They do not often follow and never wallow)

Leaders are authentic and lead by visible example, fostering openness and continuous feedback

Leaders are passionate and build strong commitment through involvement and ownership

Leaders lead with heart and rouse team & organisational spirit

Leaders grow people through strong coaching and continuous development

Leaders energise people by fostering two-way communication, inspiring and serving.

A bloke whose opinion I rate highly has suggested Max Depree as one of the better leadership authors, I will enquire into getting some of his books.

George Robotham

George Robotham

George was a Legend in the Safety World who passed away in Sept 2013 but left us with a great legacy
George Robotham
I have worked in OHS for most of my working life, many years in the mining industry including over 10 years in a corporate OHS role with BHP. Since leaving the mining industry I have worked in a variety of safety roles with a variety of employers, large & small, in a variety of industries. I was associated with my first workplace fatality at age 21, the girl involved was young, intelligent, vivacious and friendly. Such a waste! I was the first on the scene and tried to comfort her and tend to her injuries. She said to me “George, please do not let me die” We put her on the aerial ambulance to Rockhampton base hospital where she died the next day. I do not mind telling you that knocked me around for awhile. Since then I have helped my employers cope with the aftermath of 12 fatalities and 2 other life-altering events. The section "Why do Occupational Health & Safety" provides further detail but in summary, poor safety is simply very expensive and also has a massive humanitarian cost. My qualifications include a certificate I.V. in Workplace Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Frontline Management, a Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems, a Bachelor of Education (Adult & Workplace Education) , a Grad. Cert. in Management of Organisational Change and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. I am currently studying towards a Masters in Business Leadership. Up until recently I had been a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia for 10 years and a member for about 30 years. My interest is in non-traditional methods of driving organisational change in OHS and I have what I believe is a healthy dis-respect for many common approaches to OHS Management and OHS Training. I hold what I believe is a well-founded perception that many of the things safety people and management do in safety are “displacement activities” (Displacement activities are things we do, things we put a lot of energy into, but which when we examine them closely there is no valid reason for doing them). My managerial and leadership roles in OHS have exposed me to a range of management techniques that are relevant to Business Improvement. In particular I am a strong supporter of continuous improvement and quality management approaches to business. I believe leadership is the often forgotten key to excellence in most aspects of life. I hold the Australian Defence Medal and am a J.P.(Qualified). I have many fond memories of my time playing Rugby Union when I was a young bloke.

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