The Basics of Psychological Safety

Psychological Safety

What is it?

Psychological Safety represents the extent to which the team views the social climate as conducive to interpersonal risk; it is a measure of people’s willingness to trust others not to attempt to gain personal advantage at their expense.

Why is it important?

It creates a climate of openness that facilitates high performing teams. Research on teams shows that it’s not the teams that make the fewest errors that perform the best. It’s actually the teams that are the best at admitting to errors and discussing them more often that perform the best.

How do we know if we have it?

 Asking the following questions of the team can yield a sense of where the teams are.

Note: Items with an (R) are reverse coded if used on a survey.

Leading to create Psychological Safety