Vesna Stojanović Aleksić, Aleksandra Bošković

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The purpose of this paper is to show the importance of leadership, as a phase of the management process in safety management systems. Particularly, the most important roles, characteristics and dominant leadership styles were examined in the selected organizations. We use a sample of twenty organizations, incorporating 96 respondents. Data were collected through survey using pre-built questionnaires. Our empirical findings suggest that directive leadership behavior is dominant in the safety management system in domestic organizations. In addition, respondents indicated that they mostly complain about leader’s slight tendency to change, a low appreciation of creativity and individual initiative, the fact that leaders are not ready to engage their followers in the decision-making process and poor knowledge of their motivational mechanisms. Therefore, the existing leadership styles are away from transformational leadership, which is essential for organizational changes. The contribution of this study is reflected in highlighting a new perspective of leader-follower relations in the context of safety management systems, whereby it enriches the literature in this area and provides guidance to managers for improvement of their leadership styles.


leadership, management, safety, system, organization

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