Psychological safety is not just about being ‘nice’ or avoiding conflict, but rather creating an environment where team members feel safe to express their ideas, questions, concerns, and mistakes without fear of punishment or humiliation. When balanced correctly with accountability, psychological safety fosters success by putting more people in their learning zone, which ultimately drives sustained high performance in organisations.
Courageous authenticity is where people feel comfortable in putting themselves out there and being vulnerable. It encompasses being yourself, speaking up, talking about mistakes, and giving and receiving feedback. In my 30 years of experience working as an Organisational Psychologist, I believe that demonstrating courageous authenticity is one of the most difficult, yet important things to do. Unfortunately, I have witnessed many organisations that fail to create a psychologically safe environment whereby people can show courage and speak up.
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