Personal Awareness

Characteristics of a Successful Team

A recent study conducted within Google reveal why some groups thrive and others falter. One key characteristic of a thriving team is psychological safety. Psychological safety can be defined as “shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk- taking” (Duhigg, 2016).

How do you establish psychological safety within a team?
  • establish group norms and goals (are you all on the same page?
  • be inclusive and establish respect for sharing of ideas
  • acknowledge your teammates ideas and work
  • acknowledge your own mistakes and ask for help (vulnerability is a strength!)
  • encourage every team member to speak up and use their voice (creative ideas generate from every member!)
  • ask questions and encourage discussion
  • be assessable to your team (you quickly respond and answer questions and provide feedback)
  • embrace failures as learning opportunities (comfortable experimenting and okay to err, no finger pointing)

Team members and teams flourish when they have established mutual respect and interpersonal trust. It allows each member to show up as themselves fully and take creative risks and experiment. Try it out in your team, share your ideas and personal experiences, listen to others and ask questions!

Read this great article on building psychological safety as the foundation of team performance.