Fostering psychological safety can help teams perform and innovate, Google found while trying to understand what makes team great.

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The feeling is as common and as human as a toddler being shy around new people or an adult being hesitant to voice an opposing opinion.  Yet, leaders sometimes ignore this when it comes to human interaction in the workplace.

In 1999 organizational behavioral scientist Amy Edmondson of Harvard first introduced the concept of team “psychological safety.”  Recently Google’s research on its teams across the company concluded that “psychological safety turned out to be the most important dynamic of effective teams.”   (Edmondson defines psychological safety as “a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking.”)

The tool offers seven questions to measure a team’s level of psychological safety and provides numerous tips for managers and individuals to foster psychological safety.

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