Top 10 Official Psychological Safety Speakers to Hire for Events in 2024
In the workplace, psychological safety is a key factor in the creation of healthy teams. When employees feel comfortable asking for help, sharing suggestions, and challenging industry beliefs, businesses are more likely to see an increase in productivity, unlock the benefits of diversity, and adapt effectively to change. The term ‘psychological safety’ has been utilised by Amy Edmondson since 1999, and continues to remain an important topic throughout the corporate industry to this day.
What is Psychological Safety?
Psychological safety, coined by Amy Edmondson in 1999, is the shared team belief that members can openly express ideas and concerns, admit mistakes, and ask questions without fear of negative consequences. Her research revealed that teams with better psychological safety might report more errors, not because they make more, but because they feel safe acknowledging them. This isn’t just an individual feeling but an emergent property of the group, promoting candid communication and fostering environments where creative ideas thrive without judgment. Beyond just enhancing wellbeing, psychological safety enhances team effectiveness, learning, retention, and decisiveness. A McKinsey survey found that 89% of employees deem it essential in workplaces.
Source: McKinsey & Company
How Can Leadership Create a Psychologically Safe Environment?
Leadership holds a pivotal role in shaping the psychological safety of a team. A leader’s emotional demeanour echoes throughout the organisation, influencing the openness and creativity of conversations. A climate of patience, hopefulness, and curiosity from the leadership empowers teams to tackle challenges innovatively. By establishing a foundation of trust, leaders can drive teams beyond their perceived limits. Effective leaders serve as catalysts, endorsing behaviours that nurture safety even from non-authoritative figures. Crucially, our research underscores the significance of a positive team climate, where mutual respect and well-being prevail, as the primary driver of psychological safety. Especially in times of change, such as the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, fostering a favourable team atmosphere ensures resilience and adaptability.
Source: Harvard Business Review
Tips for Creating a Psychologically Safe Work Environment for the Future
There are many ways that businesses can create a psychologically safe work environment for the future. Below, I have listed five ways on how this can be achieved:
- Reframe failure as a growth opportunity.
- Engage with situational humility.
- Promote proactive inquiry and feedback.
- Incorporate safety in recruiting processes.
- Encourage self-awareness and introspection.
Source: Quantum Workplace
Our Top 10 Psychological Safety Speakers to Hire:
- Amy C. Edmondson
- Megan Reitz
- Thais Compoint
- Brené Brown
- Gina Battye
- Samantha Clarke
- Linda Moir
- Tasha Eurich
- Alison Martin
- Abigail Barnes
Amy C. Edmondson
Amy C. Edmondson, the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School, stands at the forefront of the conversation on psychological safety in the workplace. With a prolific career that spans over two decades, she has delved deep into organisational behaviour, leadership, and teaming. Recognised for her pioneering research on how leaders can foster environments that promote learning and collaboration, Amy’s insights are instrumental in navigating dynamic work settings. Author of best-selling books such as ‘The Fearless Organisation’, her expertise champions the notion that human interactions and psychological safety are pivotal to enterprise success. As a sought-after keynote speaker, she not only brings academic credentials but also a wealth of practical wisdom, making her sessions both enlightening and actionable.
“Amy is astute, self-aware and focused on core leadership and development within a spectrum of management industries. She is a great mentor and leader” – Sakina, Administrative Management
Megan Reitz is an authoritative figure in the realm of psychological safety in the workplace. With a formidable track record as an executive coach, researcher, and author, she stands tall at the crossroads of leadership, dialogue, and mindfulness. Her groundbreaking research on ‘Speaking Truth to Power’ underscores the profound impact power dynamics have on communication, a subject she eloquently discussed in her TEDx Talk, ‘How Your Power Silences Truth’. As the Founder and Director of Reitz Consulting, Megan’s commitment to improving human interactions in organisational systems is evident. Having been acknowledged as one of the Top 50 Management Thinkers globally, her emphasis on mindful leadership and her dedication to creating psychologically safe spaces in organisations make her a coveted keynote speaker for those aiming to enhance communication and foster positive workplace cultures.
“Megan spoke superbly to the Surgical Forum on ‘Speaking the Truth to Power’. The Forum comprises the Federation of Surgical Specialist Association and the Officers of the 4 Royal Colleges of Surgery in the British Isles. She kicked off the day at our meeting looking at Surgical Teams and Leadership and she set a very high bar for the day. Everyone in the room took home the messages we needed to hear. I cannot recommend her highly enough.” – Nigel, Chair of the Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Expert Advisory Group
Thais Compoint is a formidable force in promoting psychological safety through her emphasis on inclusive leadership and diversity. Drawing from over two decades of international senior roles and experiences, including her tenure at renowned organisations like UNESCO and Cisco, she understands the intricacies of fostering a psychologically safe environment. Thais has captivated audiences at TEDx events, highlighting the profound impact of inclusive leadership. As the CEO of Déclic International, she crafts strategies that prioritise employee wellbeing, fostering environments where individuals feel valued and safe to voice their perspectives. With her multi-faceted expertise, Thais not only addresses the need for psychological safety but also provides actionable insights to achieve it.
“Thais’ passion and mastery of the diversity & inclusion topic has not only provided me with the inspiration to commence my own journey of discovery but also equipped me with the tools to make this sustainable for my team” – Richard, Coca Cola Enterprises
Brené Brown, a Visiting Professor in Management at the University of Texas and a Research Professor at the University of Houston stands out as a paramount figure in the realm of psychological safety. With over two decades dedicated to unravelling the complexities of courage, empathy, vulnerability, and shame, Brené’s expertise lends itself seamlessly to fostering environments of psychological safety. Her emphasis on embracing vulnerability to cultivate courage offers vital insights for organisations striving for an emotionally secure and resilient workforce. As the author of best-selling books such as ‘Dare to Lead’ and ‘Rising Strong’, and as the voice behind globally recognised TED talks, Brené positions herself as an invaluable asset for institutions seeking to strengthen their foundation of trust, openness, and emotional wellbeing. Her teachings offer a roadmap to ensuring everyone feels safe, understood, and valued.
“A unique experience for hard-charged senior executives- one which allowed the team to look at leadership from a very different, very personal perspective. The concept of Daring Greatly, combined with wholehearted and being vulnerable opened up their willingness to step out of their comfort zone and change how they will lead in a high growth company” – Mondelez International
Gina Battye is a world-renowned psychological safety keynote speaker, leveraging her expertise and personal experiences to foster safer, more inclusive workplaces. With a rich history of working with multinational corporations, including AstraZeneca, Barclays, and the NHS, Gina is exceptionally qualified in championing psychological safety. Her pioneering blueprint, The 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety, offers organisations a robust framework, while her Diagnostic Tool, Lux, assesses workplace safety levels from employees’ perspectives. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Gina’s understanding of unique workplace challenges is profound. Her determination has led her to lobby for UK workplace legislation changes. A trusted BBC contributor and award-winning speaker, Gina’s mission revolves around ensuring everyone feels valued and safe in their professional environments.
“Gina was a guest speaker at an event in AstraZeneca. Gina delivered an interactive conversation on the topic of bringing your whole self to work and LGBT inclusion. The feedback was extremely positive and I would highly recommend working with Gina on any corporate event relating to inclusion, diversity and LGBT topics.” – AstraZeneca
Samantha Clarke is renowned in the realm of psychological safety, illuminating its significance in today’s workplaces. With a strong foundation in human resources, leadership, and consumer behaviour, her expertise as a Neuroaesthetician uniquely qualifies her to bridge the gap between brain science and organisational wellbeing. Her collaborations with global giants like Accenture, Samsung, and Pinterest underline her proficiency in cultivating positive workplace atmospheres. Furthermore, Samantha’s personal journey through chronic pain infuses her keynotes with profound empathy, making her discourse on mental health resonate deeply with audiences. As she champions sustainable happiness and individual wellbeing as the Founder of Zukuri Consulting and Samantha &, Samantha’s approach to psychological safety is both personal and professional, offering a comprehensive perspective on fostering safe and nurturing environments.
“It was very obvious that Samantha loves what she does and cares about helping people. She genuinely cared about the problem we were having on our team and thought very critically about what could be done to help solve it. We appreciate Samantha’s hard work and dedication. She is a very talented woman and I, and my team, enjoyed working with her” – Alexandra, Shopify Studio Team
Linda Moir, with her vast experience in leading customer service and HR roles, brings a unique perspective as a psychological safety keynote speaker. Her tenure as the Director of Customer Service for Virgin and the Head of Event Services at the London 2012 Olympic Games showcases her ability to foster a culture of excellence, where teams feel safe to innovate and excel. Linda’s approach, emphasising bottom-up leadership and engaging employees, inherently aligns with the principles of psychological safety. Throughout her illustrious career, whether at British Airways or Virgin Atlantic, Linda has consistently emphasised the importance of putting people first. This focus on employee wellbeing and creating an environment where they feel valued and heard is a testament to her understanding of psychological safety’s critical role in organisational success.
“There is you before and a new you after you hear Linda Moir speak. Her enthusiasm was given to all of the attendees of the event, her passion for getting the best of a brand and make valuable contributions with ‘small’ actions. I feel honoured to have been able to be at the Insight Panama event and meet this wonderful woman. You truly inspired everyone that day, thank you!” –Mario, Brand Marketing Manager & Insight Strategy
Dr Tasha Eurich is a celebrated organisational psychologist, acclaimed for her expertise in psychological safety. Her credentials are impressive: a New York Times best-selling author, a renowned researcher, and a respected authority with over 15 years of corporate experience. Her high-profile collaborations with giants such as T-Mobile, Walmart, and IBM solidify her reputation. Through her development firm, The Eurich Group, she combines her Ph.D. insights in Industrial-Organisational Psychology with a scientific approach, delivering transformative solutions. Tasha’s awards, including being named the world’s top self-awareness coach and communication expert, are testaments to her unparalleled knowledge. When organisations seek a keynote speaker to ignite change and inspire growth, Tasha stands out as a top choice.
“Tasha’s presentation captured everyone’s attention from the outset- it was engaging, relevant and actionable”
Alison Martin, a luminary in the realm of leadership development, is best known as the Founder and Managing Director of Engage Mentoring. With over two decades of rich experience in non-profits and a commendable stint in leadership roles, Alison’s expertise extends beyond traditional leadership paradigms. Her special focus on psychological safety, a cornerstone for nurturing innovative and collaborative teams, positions her as a must-hear keynote speaker in this domain. As an advocate for mentoring, evidenced by her influential book ‘Learning to Lead Through Mentoring’, she interlaces these principles with the tenets of psychological safety, elucidating the significance of a safe, inclusive workspace. Alison’s unparalleled expertise makes her an essential voice on psychological safety in leadership.
Official Speaking Topics:
- Building an Inclusive Talent Magnet Culture
- Driving Inclusion and Belonging Through Human Connection
Abigail Barnes stands as a leading authority in the field of psychological safety keynote speaking. Her distinguished credentials as an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and corporate trainer make her a revered authority on productivity, wellbeing, and fostering high-performing teams. The acclaimed 888 method, which she pioneered, underscores the paramount importance of balancing work, rest, and activity, echoing the principles of psychological safety and wellbeing. With deep insights from leadership to neuroscience, Abigail utilises her rich tapestry of experiences, including overcoming personal adversity, to promote a safe and nurturing environment in the corporate world. Rooted in genuine care for others, her approach emphasises the profound significance of mental wellbeing, ensuring that workspaces are sanctuaries of safety and productivity.
“My grateful thanks to Abigail Barnes who took part in our recent Human Resources Forum and delivered a fascinating presentation on Productive Wellbeing and Talent Management. Abigail speaks from the heart and her session is based on powerful personal experience. She left us all with a much clearer focus on what really matters in life and how best to organise ourselves with her 888 formula! Thanks so much Abigail.” – Hilary
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