How Intent-Based Leadership® helps people feel safe to speak up

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Jenni Jepsen

Many of the leaders we work with are frustrated that their people don’t speak up and share their ideas or issues that they see.

“Why do I always find out later?” and “Why are our team members so passive in meetings and workshops?” are questions we often hear.

The problem is two-fold:

  • #1 Blame our brains. The bias to protect ourselves from possible danger keeps us from speaking up.
  • #2 Lack of psychological safety in our work environments reinforces point #1.

Watch this Leadership Nudge® based on the research of leading psychological safety expert Amy C. Edmondson to understand what happens in our brains that keeps us from speaking up, and get some quick tips on what you can do about it.

In case you’re interested in more on how to involve and engage your people, check out our book: TOGETHER – How leaders involve & engage people to get great things done.

As always, we’re curious about how our Leadership Nudges work for you. Get in touch and let us know how it’s going.

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Intent-Based Leadership®

Shift the organizational culture from permission and waiting, to intent and action.