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Psychological Safety at Work for Leaders and Executives
Online Course – $65
Psychosocial Hazards and Inclusive Workplaces

Psychological Safety at Work for Leaders and Executives

Online Course – $65

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will have achieved a comprehensive understanding of Psychological Safety in the Workplace, tailored specifically for leaders and executives within Australian organisations.

This course is designed to empower you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to create and maintain a psychologically safe working environment, fostering a culture of inclusivity, trust, and open communication.

You will:

Grasp the definition, significance, and legal implications of psychological safety in the Australian context, including a deep dive into the Respect at Work Bill 2022.
Recognise the benefits of psychological safety on individual effectiveness, team dynamics, and organisational performance.
Identify psychosocial hazards and learn to navigate the legal framework and organisational policies required for compliance with Australian Work Health and Safety laws.
Discover the neuroscience behind psychological safety and how leadership decisions influence team psychology.
Differentiate between psychological safety and trust, and explore leadership behaviours that promote a safe working environment.
Learn how to develop organisational policies that not only support psychological safety but also adhere to Australian standards.
Learn strategies for implementing and monitoring these policies effectively within your organisation.
Understand the critical role of leadership in building a psychologically safe culture, from the importance of starting at the top to the attributes that foster safety and inclusivity.
Acquire skills in effective communication and conflict resolution, including handling difficult conversations and enhancing feedback dynamics.
Gain insights into advanced leadership strategies to overcome challenges in implementing psychological safety, managing resistance to change, and addressing team or individual burnout.
Equip yourself with tools for assessing psychological safety in your teams and strategies for sustaining and improving safety over time.
Prepare to lead change through the development of personalised action plans and continuous learning and development in the field of psychological safety.

This course also includes an optional supplementary module featuring case studies and real-world applications, offering valuable leadership lessons learned from Australian and other companies, and engaging in scenario-based learning and reflection.

This course will not only enhance your leadership skills but to also contribute to a high-performing culture where psychological safety coexists with innovation and excellence.

Course Outline:
Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Leaders and Executives

Module 1: Introduction to Psychological Safety in Australian Organisations

  • 1.1 Understanding Psychological Safety: Definition, significance, and legal implications in the Australian context.
  • 1.2 Benefits for the organisation: The impact of psychological safety on individual effectiveness, team dynamics, and organisational performance.
  • 1.3 Psychosocial Hazards and Legislation: Overview of psychosocial hazards and the Respect at Work Bill 2022.
  • 1.4 Recognising and Identifying Psychological Safety:
  • 1.5 Six Common Myths about Psychological Safety

Module 2: Neuroscience and Leadership in Psychological Safety

  • 2.1 The Brain and Safety: How leaders’ decisions impact team psychology.
  • 2.2 Psychological Safety vs. Trust: Differentiating these concepts in leadership.
  • 2.3 Leadership Behaviours that Foster Safety: Australian examples of effective leader behaviours promoting psychological safety.

Module 3: Australian Legal Framework and Organisational Policies

  • 3.1 Legal Responsibilities of Leaders: Understanding compliance with Australian Work Health and Safety laws.
  • 3.2 Developing Organisational Policies: Crafting policies that support psychological safety and adhere to Australian standards.
  • 3.3 Implementing and Monitoring Compliance: Strategies for effective implementation and monitoring within the organisational context.

Module 4: Leadership Attributes, Strategies and Tactics for Building a Psychologically Safe Culture

  • 4.0 Why Psychological Safety starts at the top
  • 4.1 Leadership Attributes That Foster Psychological Safety
  • 4.2 Culture Change Strategies: Leading cultural change for psychological safety. 
    • Building Trust and Open Communication
    • Emplowering Employees to Speak Up
  • 4.3 Addressing Psychosocial Hazards: Identifying and mitigating hazards in the workplace.
  • 4.4 Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: Strategies for enhancing diversity and inclusivity at the leadership level.

Module 5: Communication and Conflict Resolution

  • 5.1 Effective Communication for Leaders: Techniques for fostering open dialogue and feedback, incl active listening and responsiveness
  • 5.2 Handling Difficult Conversations: Strategies for conflict resolution while maintaining psychological safety.
  • 5.3 Feedback Dynamics in Leadership: Best practices for giving and receiving feedback.

Module 6: Advanced Leadership Strategies

  • 6.1 Role Modelling and Vulnerability: Demonstrating leadership vulnerability as a strength.
  • 6.2 Overcoming Challenges in Implementing Psychological Safety:
    • Managing resistance to change
    • Dealing with disagreements and conflicts
  • 6.3 Dealing with Burnout: Strategies for recognising and addressing burnout in teams.

Module 7: Measuring Psychological Safety

  • 7.1 Assessment and Metrics: Tools for measuring psychological safety in teams.
  • 7.2 Sustaining and Improving Safety: Long-term strategies for maintaining psychological safety.
  • 7.3 Responding to Setbacks: Effective leadership responses to challenges in psychological safety.

Module 8: Implementing Change and Future Directions

  • 8.1 Creating an Action Plan: Developing a personalised plan for leaders.
  • 8.2 Leading Change: Strategies for implementing psychological safety initiatives.
  • 8.3 Continuous Learning and Development: Resources for ongoing learning and adaptation in the field of psychological safety.

Module 9: Summary of main takeaways

Supplementary Module : Case Studies and Real-World Applications

  • Australian and other Organisational Case Studies: Analysing real-world examples from real-world companies.
  • Leadership Lessons Learned: Extracting key lessons from case studies for practical application.
  • Interactive Workshops: Engaging in scenario-based learning and discussions.
  • FAQ’s Leaders Ask About Psychological Safety in the Workplace
    • What is the relationship between psychological safety and innovation? 
    • Can psychological safety coexist with a high-performance culture? 
    • How can leaders rebuild trust after a breach of psychological safety?
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