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Best Psychological safety books


I have prepared a list of the best psychological safety books which can help you to select the one suitable for you.

Psychological safety has become a buzzword and people are gradually getting to know it now. Professor William Kahn was the first one to coin the word psychological safety.

I have learned from these best psychological safety books is that “ You should feel safer to be yourself and be able to voice your opinion in the team”

I have read this concept from various resources, I have shared the link in the footer of this blog.

best psychological safety books

Here is the list of best psychological safety books.


The Fearless organisation: : Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth by Amy Edmondson

the fearless organization

I was doing my reading research on psychological safety and youtube suggested to me the ted talk by Amy Edmonson on psychological safety. 

Now, If you search for Psychological safety or best psychological safety books, you will see Amy Edmondson everywhere.

About the Author

Amy Edmondson is a Professor of Management and Leadership at Harvard Business School. She has published many papers on psychological safety. She has also done a study on the role of psychological safety in teamwork and innovation. It was her TED talk which brought the concept to the surface.


Rating = 5/5 

Pages = 256

Value for money = Obviously yes



What you will read in this book?

I like the book the most and that is why it is on the top of the list for best psychological safety books.

Each chapter in this book is backed by solid research and data. You will find great insights on the topic and practical advice with every chapter.

This book is must read for all leaders, entrepreneurs, and managers who want to create a culture where all employees feel safe. The culture where the employees or the team members feel safe, contribute to the innovation and growth of the organization.

I find this book strikes on the old age assumptions and way of working, I remember we are forced to “fit in” or “go along ” in the organization this kills creativity for sure.

This book exactly talks about that If you do not allow your team member to speak up or open up for new innovations and ideas, most of your investment in talent management is largely wasted. 

The book provides us with illustrations and examples to understand the concept of psychological safety clearly.

words per minuteThis book also offers step to step guidelines to implement psychological safety in your organization.

I recommend this book to all the entrepreneurs, leaders and managers who want to provide a safe working environment to its team members.

Psychological Safety: The key to happy, high-performing people and teams

By Dr Dan Radecki Ph,Leonie Hull,Jennifer McCusker, Christopher Ancona

Psychological safety

I came across this book on amazon.com while searching for books on mental health and personal effectiveness. 

The book from four authors and the index of the book was something that interested me. I am listing this book to my number 2 for best psychological safety books.

The book was crisp and to the point, however, I felt that the topic could have been elaborated more.

Rating = 4.5/5 

Pages = 174

Value for money = Yes


What you will read in this book?

The book is to the point and has all relatable examples of psychological safety.

This book has an example of project Aristotle the research done by Google and its finding. Actually, I believe it was project Aristotle which made this term psychological safety a buzzword.

One of my favorite examples from this book is, The impact of social rejection on the brain is the same as getting punched in the face. This just conveys the point and importance of psychological safety.

The other good thing about this book is, it explains the concept on a personal level. The concept may be termed or most used in the organization set up. But this book allows us to know how to use it in our personal development.

The book also talks about how to identify the triggers that threaten our psychological safety and hijack our brain? It also provides ways to manage these triggers.

speed readingIt also explains the latest research in neuroscience and the S.A.F.E.T.Y model. It was completely new information for me. 

The book will also allow you to know strategies to implement this learning in your day to day life to increase your happiness and productivity.

It is a short read and quite interesting, I recommend this book to give it a go.


The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation by Timothy Clark

the 4 stages of psychological safety

After completing the initial 2 best psychological safety books, I wanted to dive deeper into the subject. I found this book from an amazon search and from the description, I decided to give it a try.


About the author

Timothy Clark is the author of five books on subjects ranging from leadership, culture, and change. He has earned a PhD in social science from Oxford University. He is the founder and CEO of Leaderfactor, a firm dealing in leadership consulting and training.


Rating = 4.7/5 

Pages = 192

Value for money = Yes


What you will read in this book?

The book gives further information and research on psychological safety. The best part of the book is that it provides the 4 stages of Psychological safety as the name suggests.

speed readingThe leaders can use these 4 stages to build a safe work culture in the organization. These 4 stages are 


  1. Inclusion safety – Everyone likes to feel included, no one prefers to feel left out or lone wolf from the team. Team should be open to accept everyone and embrace the differences.
  2. Learner safety – We all are learning and it is a continuous process. Individuals want to feel safe to accept that they need to learn or they are learning.
  3. Contributor safety – Everyone in the team should be encouraged to speak up and put their point of view. All individuals should feel safe to contribute or share their views in the team. 
  4. Challenger safety – The last stage of psychological safety is challenger safety. You do not need yes men in the organization. Encourage team members to not only contribute but challenge the other ideas if they think so. 

As I mentioned earlier this book is more practical and helps to build organizational culture where everyone feels safe.

If everyone feels safe it boosts the morale of employees, builds trust, encourages innovation in the organization.

The major problem leaders are facing today is the decreasing social conflict between the teams and individuals in the organization and increasing intellectual friction. If you have psychological safety this happens gradually.

The four stages mentioned in this book help you to do exactly that, it allows the team to grow and work more cohesively with one another. 

The culture of psychological safety will allow team members to learn and grow with organization. If you implement the above mentioned stages you can gain performance beyond your expectation.

I recommend this book if you want to take the next step in psychological safety. This is must read for the entrepreneur and leaders who want to apply psychological safety in their organization.

This is my list of the best psychological safety books to read on, however, if you want you can read on project Aristotle conducted by google in 2015.


The team at google specifically at people analytics were pondering on the question, what makes a great manager, and finding are all about psychological safety.


You can read a detailed article here – Project Aristotle

I also found the article from inc, explains the project Aristotle quite in detail and with another perspective, you can read the post here – 


The Amy Edmondson psychological safety ted talk

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