Psychological safety is not a term that everyone has heard before.
If you haven’t heard it before, that’s ok…most of us have our heads down…busy doing our work.
You may be surprised, however, to know that after years of research, Google found that psychological safety is THE key ingredient to effective teams.
It wasn’t ping pong tables, it wasn’t beer, and it wasn’t free lunches.
They actually found that none of those things matter if psychological safety isn’t present.
So, what is psychological safety?
Dr. Amy Edmondson, a professor at Harvard Business School, defines the term as “a climate in which people are comfortable being (and expressing) themselves.”
It is actually a climate that leaders create within their teams and businesses. It is a quality of the culture of an organization.
Here is how leaders can cultivate a climate of psychological safety:
Leaders who do these things will be developing a culture that is more innovative, more inclusive, and happier.
Over time you will also see less turnover, and a more highly engaged team.
And, work will be more fun for everyone.
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