Global Leadership Network UK & Ireland

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GLS Special Edition – Business Speaker Spotlight – Amy Edmondson

Amy Edmondson

As part of this event, we are looking forward to a session from Amy Edmondson who is one of Harvard University’s most respected management thought leaders. Her work focuses on teamwork and the ways leaders can build teams to work more effectively together. Her book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth, is a practical guide for creating cultures where knowledge and innovation flourish because people feel safe to contribute their ideas. 

Here is some background to Amy’s learning and research, which we hope will give you an appetite to come and join us on Thursday 20 May at the GLS Business Special Edition.

Amy shares why psychological safety is mission-critical to success


Recently, Google did a massive four-year story to discover the differentiator between great teams and not-so-great teams.

The biggest differentiator—by far—was psychological safety.

That was stunning news to me.

I think of Google as being full of unbelievably smart people who wouldn’t necessarily have a problem sharing what they’re thinking.

But it turns out—no. Even at Google, the safety people felt varied greatly from team to team. And that made all the difference.

We live in a knowledge economy. It is the knowledge people bring with them to work that really adds value in the marketplace.

So, it stands to reason that we need to hear from people.

And yet, the research is overwhelming—many people feel they can’t speak up at work.

We’re losing enormous value.

  • We may be missing out on a game-changing idea.
  • We might miss an early warning of a threat in the market.

When a leader apologises for not having made it safe in the past, it can be very powerful.

Rather than reacting spontaneously with, “why didn’t you come to me?”, leaders should take the time to ask how they may have contributed to their employees not feeling safe to speak up.

Most employees are well-intentioned and smart. If employees don’t speak up, we can almost always assume the leader has not created a psychologically safe environment.

The ability for people to speak up at work is absolutely mission-critical to success in a knowledge economy.

To join us at the GLS Special Edition–Business and hear more from Amy, Bear Grylls, Craig Groeschel and Jo Saxton, find out more here.