Low Psychological Safety 1. Low psychological safety occurs when people don’t believe that the team is a safe place for interpersonal risk-taking or they don’t feel accepted or respected. This may come from peers but often the source is the team leader. And equally often leader behaviors that diminish psychological safety are unintentional.
Speak Human to Human. Recognize that people have underlying universal needs such as respect, competence, social status, and autonomy.
Notes: Remind yourself that other people:
- Have beliefs, perspectives, and opinions, just like me.
- Have hopes, anxieties, and vulnerabilities, just like me.
- Have friends, family, and perhaps children who love them, just like me.
- Want to feel respected, appreciated, and competent, just like me.
- Have wishes for peace, joy, and happiness, just like me.
Recognizing these deeper needs as you work with your team elicits trust and promotes positive language and behaviors.
Owner: Team leader
Reminder: Every team meeting