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Do you have what it takes? 4 Tips to be a great leader.

At the SAFE Bar Network, we have had the absolute joy to work with some of the best managers in the business. What we’ve learned is that creating a culture focused on taking action to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault really hinges on the work of great managers. We have 4 tips, from our friends, to be the manager that creates a fun and safe atmosphere for customers and staff.

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1. Trust and be someone people trust. In a fast-paced environment, you can build trust quickly by being willing to learn. You can maintain trust by being consistent.

“Hire the best, train thoroughly, and help them solve problems. - Drew

2. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It can be as easy as listening to your team and helping to solve problems.

“A great manager is understanding of my life and responsibilities outside of work, they are able to joke with me but also realize that they are my manager at the end of the day” - Jamal

3. Encourage accountability. You have to lead by example here. Be proactive, when issues arise have a conversation focused on solving the problem before it becomes a bigger problem.

As a manager, I try to work alongside my coworkers as a leader. I do my best to be proactive rather than reactive.” - Isabella

4. Connection. Show genuine concern for people and let them know when they are doing a good job.

“Take care of them and they’ll take care of you,” - Michelle

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When you are a five-star manager it can feel like you have to take on everything, address every issue, and set the culture on your own. What bars in the SAFE Bar Network know is that you don’t have to do it alone. SAFE Bar Training takes the task of creating a fun, safe atmosphere and teaches the entire team how to work towards this goal.

To learn more about joining the SAFE Bar Network contact us at

If you have a favorite bar, restaurant or night club encourage them to join the SAFE Bar Network. They can learn more at

To learn more about active bystander skills check out our blog post, Obstacles. What obstacles? 3 Full Proof Everyday Active Bystander Skills.

There are everyday active bystanders practicing these skills every day. Watch their stories here, Everyday Active Bystanders.

Interested in learning more about bystander intervention? Visit our friends at With Us Center for Bystander Intervention.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault our partners can help. Visit and

To learn more about the field of sexual violence response and prevention visit and

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