Review: The Fearless Organization

Psychological safety in organizations is crucial. Amy Edmondson makes the case for it.

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About the author

Amy Edmondson is probably the most important researcher on psychological safety.

What’s in the book?

In short: psychological safety is important for companies that want to thrive. The book is the most complete guide to psychological safety.

Psychological safety is present when colleagues trust and respect each other and feel able — even obligated — to be candid.
— Amy Edmondson in “The fearless organization”

In the first part Edmondson introduces the concept. She explains what psychological safety is and how it differs from other concepts. She discusses that psychological safety is not a different word for trust and not a personality trait. It’s a group phenomenon, she explains. Furthermore, she gives a solid overview about research on that topic. She calls the overview about the research “the paper trail”.


The book by Amy Edmondson helps to understand why psychological safety is essential. It helps to know how psychological safety contributes to success or failure. She makes clear that psychological safety is not a perk for employees. It’s a necessity for organizations that want to thrive.

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