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Amy Edmondson on psychological safety

Season 1, Ep. 7

Providing the right environment for people to thrive is fundamental to wellbeing. After all, if we don’t feel comfortable – in our place of work, for example – it can be difficult to make tough decisions or call out bad behaviour that would otherwise have an adverse effect on the way we feel.


The concept of psychological safety is the belief that you can speak up with new ideas, ask questions, and relay concerns or point out mistakes. Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School and quite possibly the world’s leading expert on psychological safety.


In this episode of Working on Wellbeing, she establishes the key elements required for creating a psychologically safe environment, tackles some of the biggest threats to true psychological safety, and takes a closer look at what a responsible leader really looks like.


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