The notion of leadership has certainly evolved over the years and hard power is quickly losing ground to softer approaches.
As workplaces have become less hierarchical and built around talent liberation and peer accountability, leaders have taken on new roles. However, for some the increased empowerment of all employees to take on some form of leadership is devaluing the very concept itself.
In the US, 4,405 people were killed at work in 2013, equating to an average of more than 12 deaths per day. In the UK, it is provisionally estimated by the Health and Safety Executive that between 2013 and 2014 there was an average of 0.44 deaths per 100,00 workers. France has a death at work rate of 2.49 per 100,000 workers, while Germany recorded 0.81 deaths per 100,000 workers. Taken as whole, there is a downward trend when it comes to workplace fatalities, demonstrating how health and safety is largely improving across the globe.
Highly regulated industries like oil and gas and pharmaceuticals depend on processes being rigorously followed to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and protect the health and safety of stakeholders. However, the abilities of organisations to follow the rules could be being undermined.