If you have a team of individuals that withhold their best ideas, that fears sharing failures with the team for fear of looking bad, or that fails to respect diverse viewpoints, you are missing the linchpin characteristic of innovative and effective teams: Psychological safety.

Here’s a link to an interview with Doug Llewellyn on this topic explaining why psychological safety can make a world of difference, and how to take action to ensure this essential characteristic is present in your teams.