Team effectiveness and psychological safety

A team sits around a table meeting while a facilitator and team lead smile into the camera.

High performance teams are safe for team members to share ideas and take risks. We call this psychological safety because when it is absent, as in the example of a tyrannical boss, it’s not physical safety that is of concern. It is psychological safety. Without psychological safety, there is the risk that team members shut down and stop sharing their ideas and taking risks. To create and maintain psychological safety requires that team leaders and team members understand more about how emotions affect team performance.

When teams function well, there is trust and synergy that makes true teamwork possible. High performance teams have well developed emotional intelligence skills.

High performance team check-list

  • Psychological safety
  • Trust among team members
  • Ability to embrace conflict as an opportunity for growth
  • A high level of commitment
  • Are accountable to one another
  • Are results focused

If your team is missing any of the above signs of a ‘high performance’ team, call us – we can help. Using the EQ-i 2.0 Workplace Report or the EQ-i 2.0 Leadership Report and the EQ-i 2.0 Group Report for teams, we can identify team strengths as well as challenges that will help your team optimize its performance.

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