The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety

The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety

Measure and Improve the Psychological Safety on Your Team

We are certified practitioners in The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, a universal pattern that reflects the natural progression of human needs in any social setting.

When leaders, teams, organizations, boards, schools – any social unit – pass through these four stages they become deeply inclusive cultures, with accelerated learning, contributions, and innovative problem solving.

Psychological safety is the #1 variable in team performance, and as revealed in Google’s Project Aristotle, it is the top factor in high-performing teams.

 Psychological Safety means it is not expensive to be yourself. You are welcomed and invited to bring your full and invested self to your work performance. It is an environment of both high-respect and high-permission to contribute – a zone of rewarded risk and vulnerability.

Psychological Safety has four stages and all teams possess some level based on a combination of 1) respect and 2) permission to participate as perceived by the members of the team.

  • Stage 1: You feel included, accepted, part of the team
  • Stage 2: You feel safe to engage, ask questions, give and receive feedback
  • Stage 3: Your feel free and able to contribute, using your skills, talents and abilities to make a meaningful difference
  • Stage 4: You feel free and able to challenge the status quo – and you can do all this without the fear of being embarrassed, marginalized or punished in some way.

Psychological Safety is a culture of high-intellectual friction and low-social friction.

Most importantly, psychological safety is modeled and coached by you, from the top down. Your team is a direct reflection of your behaviors.

Be the cultural architect of your workplace.

Start measuring your team performance now and you will quickly learn how to improve it. Culture can change in a heartbeat. Gain the knowledge and insight to make your change for the good.

We provide the Team Survey, workshops and speaking engagements in The Four Stages of Psychological Safety and also offer a non-profit discount for organizations and boards.