While diversity of backgrounds is generally a requirement for breakthrough performance, particularly when seeking innovation, it is rarely sufficient. Diverse teams need the lubricant of psychological safety to ensure that their members ask questions and share ideas. Leaders, and other team members, play a crucial role in nurturing psychological safety through framing, inquiry skills, and a capacity to step in to bridge different perspectives. When this happens, teams stand to gain more than just performance benefits.
Inclusion is something we all want, but it can be difficult to put into practice. Psychological safety is an important concept with practical strategies to enact culture where people are invited in and valued. Using a DEl lens offers the additional perspective needed to deliver psychological safety that not only produces better outcomes, but unleashes the power of a diverse workforce or team.