What Makes A Successful Team? Google Finds Out
5. Psychological Safety – everyone in the team feels safe to ask judgment-free questions, voice their opinions, and take risks.
Of course, not all team environments are psychologically safe. There are meetings where team members hold back their ideas or questions due to their fear of seeming incompetent. There are some working environments where you feel like everything you say or you do is studied under a microscope.
Psychological safety is a totally different setting. It is a corporate culture where managers create safe zones and provide cover so employees can feel safe and, therefore, can let down their guard. Google found that psychologically safe environments created in teams can lead to employees being less likely to leave. These teams are able to leverage the power of diversity and become, ultimately, more successful.
These findings of Google’s Project Aristotle are not based on clear quantitative data and do not provide a solid quantitative framework for team success solutions. However, focusing on these five components found by Google’s study can increase the chances that you will build a successful team.