PODCAST EPISODE 46: DR. TIMOTHY CLARK | FOUNDER & CEO, LEADERFACTOR; AUTHOR
Psychological safety is an essential ingredient for a healthy, vibrant culture, says Dr. Timothy Clark, Founder and CEO at LeaderFactor and the author of several books, including The Four Stages of Psychological Safety. In his work he has identified the stages of psychological safety in an organization and how to measure it. To have a high performing team, there must be a solid foundation of the very first stage of inclusion safety - the need for individuals to be accepted as they are and to belong. Without successfully building the four identified stages of psychological safety, says Dr. Clark, you cannot have innovation.
Here are my three big takeaways from the conversation:
Psychological safety is not a binary thing; it instead lies on a spectrum.
Psychological safety is rewarded vulnerability; the lack of psychological safety is punished vulnerability.
There’s often a disconnect between leaders, who believe they have psychological safety in the organization, and team members, who may hold back because they perceive uncertainty as whether they’ll be rewarded or punished for being vulnerable.
Dr. Clark takes a deep dive into the mechanics of establishing psychological safety in teams - this is a must listen for any leader of people.
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