What makes a team great?
Research shows it’s less to do with who is on the team, and much more about how the team members interact, structure their work and view their contributions.
Dynamics such as dependability, the structure and clarity of goals and roles, and doing meaningful work that matters – all help make a successful team.
But one dynamic underpins all these others – psychological safety.
Teams and individuals perform better when they feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable in front of each other. However, people are reluctant to engage in behaviours that could negatively influence how others at work perceive them. Self-protection is a natural strategy in the workplace, but it’s not conducive to great teamwork. Research shows people who feel safe are less likely to leave, more likely to be open to diverse ideas, bring in more revenue and are more productive overall.