Team Coaching using LSP and Team facilitation: A Randomized Control Trial study measuring team cohesion and psychological safety

Jonathan Passmore
David Tee
Richard Gold


Purpose: To date little research has been undertaken to test the efficacy of team coaching, with past work focusing on models, frameworks and competencies. This study aimed to examine the efficacy of team coaching within real world organizational teams and its impact on individual perceptions of team cohesion and psychological safety.

Method: A randomized control trial using the comparable interventions (i) team coaching (intervention) and(ii) team facilitation (control) was employed with multiple teams and multiple facilitators, measuring the impact on team cohesion and psychological safety. 

Findings: The data showed participants engaging in the team coaching intervention made greater gains in terms of their individual perceptions of psychological safety and team cohesion, than individuals who received the team facilitation intervention (T1 to T2).

Originality: This study provides the first evidence, using an RCT method, of the efficacy of team coaching as a workplace intervention for enhancing individual perceptions of psychological safety and team cohesion.

Practical implications: Facilitators should apply a team coaching approach when seeking to address issues of cohesion and psychological safety within workplace teams.

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