When should you care about what people think?

We’ve heard the saying before, “They talk the talk, but do they walk the walk?” In the realm of psychological health and safety, our people leaders can play a very big and important role in ensuring our staff feel appreciated, respected, and engaged.

We can strive to be great leaders. We can read all the latest books on how to support and inspire our direct reports. Plan staff days to get our team out of the office and engaged. Recognize our employees for the hard work they do and the positive effect it can have on our organization. We can talk the talk. We can even walk the walk. But how will we ever know if our actions are really impacting our staff?

Well, let me introduce you to the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (PSLA). The new and FREE tool developed by Dr. Joti Samra and her amazing team. This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will assess you in five areas:

  1. Communication & Collaboration
  2. Social Intelligence
  3. Problem Solving & Conflict Management
  4. Security & Safety
  5. Fairness & Integrity

The great news is all of the areas you’re assessed on, are things that YOU CAN influence and control. But wait, that’s not all *insert cheesy sales voice here*, after you’ve competed the assessment, you can take a look at where you score and choose from different actionable items to help you improve each of the five areas.

An important piece to remember about the PSLA, all of the feedback is positive and supportive. This assessment hasn’t been developed to make you feel like you’re not doing enough. They want to encourage you to continually work at being an amazing people leader.

Okay, so now you’ve completed the assessment and have your results. Don’t you want to know how your direct reports, the people you LEAD, would score you? Well, good news. You can do that too. Dr. Samra and her team have also developed the PSLA-E. After you’ve completed the initial assessment and viewed your score, you can access a link to the PSLA-E with a personalized ID. This can be shared with your direct reports so they can anonymously take the survey and report back on how they would rate you as a psychologically safe leader.

This can be a daunting task. You might be afraid that you’re putting yourself in a vulnerable position to be judged. What you could be doing instead, is showing your staff that you want to be a supportive leader. You’re setting an example that it’s important to continue to grow and develop. The important thing to remember, if you share the PSLA-E with your staff, put in the work to review the results, and commit to some of those actionable items.

It’s not always important to care about what people think. Honestly, sometimes it can be self-destructive and not good for our well-being. But maybe you should take the time to better understand how your direct reports would assess you as their leader by taking the PSLA.

Ps. It’s anonymous. We’re not making a list or checking it twice.

Team Mindful Employer