Are you helping your team feel safe enough to take risks?
Several of my clients have asked me of late: What will it take to unleash the best my team has to offer? I discover
when trouble is brewing. We make repetitive, preventable mistakes. And I just know there's more creativity to be unlocked.
What's getting in the way?
I tell my clients: It's all about
- Structure and clarity.
- Psychological Safety.
Trust is about helping people feel safe enough to take risks.
When you invite your team members to enter the psychologically safe environment you have created, they instantly become more confident, autonomous, and daring. When you give the whole group enough time and space to slow down, to develop new ideas and share them openly, they develop a sense of comfort that brings out the best in everyone.
In that environment, people can say what they need to say. They can think. They can create. They can take risks. And they will freely share thoughts they might otherwise worry would sound stupid or crazy.
You get people's best ideas. Employees raise their hand with confidence. They tell you about the red flags, and they show you how to fix them.
If you don't create that safety, you won't hear those important things from your people. You won't get everything you should expect from the team. You won't hear the wild but brilliant new ideas. You won’t be informed of the red flags needed to prevent
, those recurrent mistakes that can cost a company millions, hundreds of millions, or more.
Trust is the key to building great teams, and safety is at the root of trust. So ask yourself:
As a leader, am I helping my team feel safe?