SUMMARY: Applying current knowledge on leadership strategies that support a psychologically safe workplace, Dr. Joti Samra created this free suite of tools to help leaders and organizations take action.

A comprehensive set of leadership strategies known to support psychological health and safety

Psychologically Safe Leader resources are based on the requirement for competent leadership as described in the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. It contains a series of statements that are ranked by the leader in terms of the extent to which they engage in these strategies. Each strategy can be customized for unique work requirements and situations, such as remote or safety sensitive work.

The assessment can be assigned to leaders by an administrator authorized by an organization that seeks to support leadership development. There is also a separate option that allows individuals to use the assessment for their personal and confidential learning and development.

The goal of organizations is to consider how to provide adequate training, resources or support to allow for psychologically safe leadership. Psychologically Safe Leader helps by providing specific strategies, free resources, and clear direction.

The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment is meant to be part of leaders’ continual improvement and can be accessed as many times as desired. The leader self-assessment and employee feedback version each take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment and related resources are provided at no cost. Any organization using the free tools may also choose to allocate additional resources in terms of employee time spent supporting implementation of the strategies identified by the assessment.

These evidence-based tools were developed by Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. and her team with support from the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, to be freely used by individuals and organizations to enhance workplace psychological health and safety.

Leaders self-assess the extent to which they already engage in these strategies

Leaders complete a self-assessment that helps identify positive strategies they are currently using, as well as additional strategies known to support a psychologically safer workplace. The results provide clear strategies to improve psychologically safe leadership and many free resources are also available to support action.

There is no medical or health information collected. The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment is focused only on activities known to support a psychologically safer work environment.

Employees can also provide feedback about their perception of leadership strategies

The optional Employee Feedback version obtains perspectives from the leader's direct reports. This helps provide information about whether employees are aware of the extent to which these strategies are being implemented. Any discrepancy in perception provides an excellent opportunity for team discussion and engagement towards a psychologically safer workplace.

This is not a personality or character assessment. It focuses only on the extent to which strategies known to support psychologically safe work are being implemented.

Action plans are developed for continual improvement

Many free resources are also provided to assist either individual leaders or organizations to take action towards psychologically safer leadership strategies.

How can a leader take action on the results?

How can an organization take action on the results?


The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment is hosted on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) website. CCOHS protects the confidentiality of the data entered and only shares aggregate information with qualified independent researchers.

Where leaders are assigned links to the assessment through their organization, the authorized administrator will be able to see results and share them with authorized senior management.

For independent users (leaders not assigned Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment by an authorized administrator) who are completing the assessment for their own learning and development, the information gathered is confidential.