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The SAFE Leader

The SAFE Leader

The engineering industry underpins everything that we encounter daily and spans across a wide range of sectors including technology, manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, shipping, healthcare, renewable energy, and more. Yet despite its importance in our lives, fewer people than ever are studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The engineering profession not only suffers from a shortage of skilled and qualified workers but an ongoing mental health crisis, high rates of suicide, and stereotypical masculine norms that serve to create an unsafe, non-inclusive workplace. In short: in a world that is becoming more globalised every day, engineering is operating in an outdated mode and urgently needs an upgrade to meet the challenges of tomorrow and today.

In this insightful and sensitive book, safety engineer Mark McBride-Wright explores how the principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can close the engineering skills gap we face while creating a physically and psychologically safe workplace that fosters innovation and inclusive design. While acknowledging the challenges of achieving equity in the male-dominated fields of engineering and technology, why this matters for health and safety, and what it really takes to lead a cultural change, Mark provides a framework for implementing a holistic and robust DEI strategy that ultimately empowers and benefits everyone in your organisation.

Becoming a SAFE Leader will transform the way you lead in all areas of your life.

As an extension of Mark’s work as the founder of EqualEngineers, a firm committed to engineering inclusive cultures that attract, develop, and retain top talent, this book demonstrates that success in embedding DEI depends on strong leadership and comprehensive training, and that this approach leads to improved team dynamics, increased financial returns, higher productivity, and, crucially, safe teams.

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Dr. Mark McBride-Wright

About Dr. Mark McBride-Wright

Dr. Mark McBride-Wright MBE CEng MIChemE is an eminent leader in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the engineering sector, and has earned what he calls his “rainbow stripes” for diversity in engineering after setting up InterEngineering, the UK’s largest network for LGBTQ+ engineers in 2013. He won the coveted “Corporate Rising Star” Award at the 2016 British LGBT Awards and was ranked number 2 in the Financial Times Future LGBT Lead Leaders list. He received an MBE in King Charles III’s Birthday Honours for his services and dedication to the field of engineering.

After uncovering the high rates of suicide affecting engineers in 2018, Mark established research into Masculinity in Engineering to driving cultural transformation within organisations and founded EqualEngineers to bridge the gap between diverse talent and inclusive employers.

EqualEngineers has since made great strides in educating thousands of engineers and leaders in fostering inclusive, safe workplace cultures for clients such as Airbus, ExxonMobil, EDF Energy, and McLaren F1. Mark also travels internationally to provide consulting and training across Europe and the USA for clients in locations such as New Mexico, Colorado, Alabama, and California.

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What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

The SAFE Leader is an important catalyst to stimulate debate. It is also refreshing to see recognition of the need to include everyone, including majority groups as well as minorities. Whether you are an engineer, a health and safety professional, an educator, or simply a concerned citizen, I believe you will find food for thought and ideas which will resonate.

— Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, FREng, FIChemE, FCGI, Former Chair of the UK Health & Safety Executive

The SAFE Leader masterfully bridges theory and practice, offering a compelling vision for a future where everyone belongs. Dr. Mark McBride-Wright's leadership experience and lived experiences are critical to the message delivered in this book.

— Paul E. Wolfe, Former Chief Human Resources Officer, Indeed.com, Human First Leadership Advocate and Author of Human Beings First

An indispensable guide for leaders and teams, The SAFE Leader offers a profound roadmap to fostering true belonging and innovation in the modern workplace.

— Jennifer Brown, WSJ Best-Selling Author of Inclusion, Beyond Diversity, and How to Be an Inclusive Leader

Insightful, honest, and a necessary call to action, The SAFE Leader is the blueprint every organization needs to unearth the true potential of its people. Dr. McBride-Wright is a justice warrior and thought leader who is changing the world.

— Erin Weed, Founder of The Dig

The SAFE Leader brilliantly equips readers to speak, act, and lead with authenticity, fostering environments where everyone truly thrives.

— Eduardo Placer, Founder, Fearless Communicators

Scientists and engineers need this book! With clarity and conviction, The SAFE Leader illuminates the path forward for organizations seeking genuine inclusivity and growth.

— Dr. Sallie E. Greenberg, Affiliated Principal Research Scientist, Illinois State Geological Survey

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