Safety Leadership Traits

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Loews Chicago Hotel

Room Number: Wright Ballroom 1,2,3


This session explores the most important traits safety leaders need for success. No matter what field of study or career path, the traits of leadership excellence are essential for achieving personal and organizational objectives. Some of the key safety leadership attributes reviewed include communication, commitment, the thirst for knowledge, positive attitudes, critical thinking, and exercising discipline and good judgment in difficult circumstances. This interactive session allows for attendees to examine their own leadership performance objectively while identifying areas of strength and growth.


  • Mike Johnston


    Michael Johnston is NECA’s executive director of standards and safety. Mike holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Mike is a member of the NFPA Standards Council and current Chair of the NFPA NECCorrelating Committee. In addition to his responsibilities for managing the codes, standards, and safety functions for NECA, Mike is secretary of the NECA Codes and Standards Committee. Mike’s career includes working as a journeyman electrician, foreman, and project manager on residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Johnston career includes work in electrical inspections and supervision of electrical inspectors. Johnston is a member of the IBEW and is an active member of ANSI, IAEI, NFPA, SES, ASSE, the UL Electrical Council, the National Safety Council and he is currently Chair of the NFPA Electrical Section.

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