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Colm Murphy and Tammy Turner

This article sets out what psychological safety is and is not, its importance and relationship to team effectiveness and in turn, to team coaching.

We can all probably relate to having experienced low psychological safety at some point within a team or a group – that immediate feeling of being unable to speak up with ideas, questions or concerns due to a fear of ridicule or hurt or being embarrassed.

It is important to highlight that psychological safety is a not a fancy term for trust. As outlined in this article, they are related but fundamentally different concepts.

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