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Technical note
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Reference no. IMD-7-2507
Published by: International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
Originally published in: 2023
Version: 23.10.2023

Abstract

This note highlights the pivotal role of psychological safety in fostering a culture of flexibility and innovation within organizations, especially in a rapidly changing business environment. Drawing from Amy Edmondson's seminal research, psychological safety is defined as the collective assurance felt by team members that they can openly express ideas, admit mistakes, and propose changes without fear of negative repercussions. The note delineates four critical stages of psychological safety: Inclusion safety, where individuals feel valued and integral; Learner safety, promoting a culture of growth and acceptance of the learning process; Contributor safety, where members feel their inputs are genuinely appreciated; and Challenger safety, encouraging challenges to the status quo. Leadership's role is central to cultivating psychological safety. Leaders can promote it by framing tasks as learning challenges, acknowledging their own vulnerabilities, and fostering a culture of inquiry. The note also emphasizes the importance of regularly assessing the level of psychological safety through keen observation of team dynamics and the use of surveys. This foundational understanding of psychological safety offers organizations a pathway to enhance performance, innovation, and competitive advantage.

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Abstract

This note highlights the pivotal role of psychological safety in fostering a culture of flexibility and innovation within organizations, especially in a rapidly changing business environment. Drawing from Amy Edmondson's seminal research, psychological safety is defined as the collective assurance felt by team members that they can openly express ideas, admit mistakes, and propose changes without fear of negative repercussions. The note delineates four critical stages of psychological safety: Inclusion safety, where individuals feel valued and integral; Learner safety, promoting a culture of growth and acceptance of the learning process; Contributor safety, where members feel their inputs are genuinely appreciated; and Challenger safety, encouraging challenges to the status quo. Leadership's role is central to cultivating psychological safety. Leaders can promote it by framing tasks as learning challenges, acknowledging their own vulnerabilities, and fostering a culture of inquiry. The note also emphasizes the importance of regularly assessing the level of psychological safety through keen observation of team dynamics and the use of surveys. This foundational understanding of psychological safety offers organizations a pathway to enhance performance, innovation, and competitive advantage.

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