OCIMF Principles On Role Of Leadership


The last guiding OCIMF principle on the human factor highlights the role of leadership in challenging situations. The worst thing leaders can do is to minimize their mistake, ignore it or try to blame it on others, says an article published in Safety4Sea.

Response to failures

It is always important leaders to take responsibility for their errors; if they don’t admit fault when they should, this can have a negative effect on team morale. Also, when errors occur, they should insist that their organizations develop a clear understanding of what happened—not of “who did it”—when things go wrong.

As such, leaders should focus on developing both their business skills and people skills and be able to respond to failures with the right mindset. Overall, any failure should be seen as an opportunity to learn from it and move forward rather than a demotivation. After analyzing what went wrong and why, leaders should embrace feedback that can help them grow and develop.

Key ingredients of a learning culture

  • Examine your current strategy to find learning gaps
  • Focus on training
  • Experiment with learning methods
  • Make sharing knowledge a habit
  • Give feedback
  • Measure and adapt on results

6 key points for a leader’s response

Face obligations

Success often lies in your ability to face difficult situations

Change direction

Sometimes problems are pushing you directly into the path of opportunities that weren’t visible before.

Change thinking

Avoid any negatives thoughts; try to view the situation as a chance for you and your team to learn and grow

Make a plan to move forward

Leaders will not be remembered for the problems they faced but the solutions they came up with.

Show determination

Don’t let anything stop you; some people succeed because they are destined, but most succeed because they are determined.

Lead from within

When things go wrong, become the kind of leader who can make things turn out the best

“Any failure is a chance to reevaluate, reexamine and increase the learning ability out of it.”

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Source: Safety4Sea


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