When I was studying the Complete Values Profile assessment earlier this year to use in my leadership coaching work, I wasn’t thinking about the challenges I might face regarding psychological safety as a learner.
Yet when it became time for me to put my new learning to the test and debrief the two individuals who had taken the assessment, I experienced firsthand how the learning process can be fraught with personal risk. I was worried I’d feel like a fraud and even be perceived as one, even though I was enjoying a safe environment with people I know well.
Granted I was more attuned to to learner safety since I was also re-reading Timothy R. Clark‘s book The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety in a book circle with others during this time period. In his book, Clark writes about how learner safety, the second stage of psychological safety, presents a number of potential perils to the learner, especially when you’re learning on the job as I was. Learners and their leaders need to recognize this, as I write in my Forbes.com article posted on April 22, 2022, Want to do on-the-job learning? Be sure psychological safety exists.
And based on my personal experiences, I now know it also helps to remember that learning done well is hardly a passive process for us adults. You need to stay focused, avoid distractions and manage your ego.
Connect the dots plus dot the “i”s to be more intentional, inquisitive and inclusive
How well are you tapping into the skills and wisdom you need to lead in a VUCA world?
All the old playbooks are out-of-date. Instead, you need to reach inside yourself, tap into your wisdom, and connect the dots for yourself and others.
To start, you can use these 5 tips to embrace your humanity and become a better leader.