What conditions are you creating?

Amy Edmondson, who popularised the notion of ‘psychological safety’, points out that the best performing teams fail more, not less, than poorly performing teams.

This is not because they actually fail more, but because members of the team feel comfortable reporting/sharing when they’ve made a mistake.

That is to say: the best teams have leaders who create the conditions where admitting to and discussing mistakes is okay.

‘Tis the kind of counterintuitive insight that once you see, you cannot unsee. Like the time I discovered that brushing your teeth in the shower saves at least 120 seconds in the morning (you’re welcome).

All that to say, as a leader in your field what conditions are you creating for those around you?