The PSLA and PSLA-E are linked closely to the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). The Standard acknowledges the need for organizations to ensure that those in leadership roles have the training and skills to "prevent psychological harm, promote psychological health of employees, and address problems related to psychological health and safety." It also states that the organization should establish and sustain processes to assess and address leaders for this competency.

The PSLA is a strengths-based assessment tool that draws on evidence showing that leaders have a strong influence on employee well-being. Employees who work for psychologically safe leaders are more likely to report higher job satisfaction and engagement, better workplace relationships, and better psychological health.

The following questions help support continual improvement for all leaders by creating an accountability process. Senior leaders can complete this with each of their direct reports once the PSLA has been completed.

From your perspective, what are the most important ways in which a leader can positively impact the psychological health and safety of a work environment?




What are the most challenging parts of your role, as it pertains to workplace psychological health and safety?




What supports do you require?




How would strengthening your management skills as it pertains to psychologically safe leadership help you better do your job?




What would positive change/improvement look like to you?




How do you think the PSLA can help you to achieve that change?




What supports/resources do you need to achieve that change?




How would you measure success?




When should we follow up to evaluate your success?