Lead Cultural Transformation Through The 4 Stages™

Get certified to deliver The 4 Stages™ Workshop (Learn), Team Survey (Measure), and Team Roadmap (Improve) through the LeaderFactor platform.

Upcoming Certification Dates

space limited to 15 participants

7 SeatS Remaining

December 1st, 2022

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Eastern Standard Time


February 9th, 2022

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Eastern Standard Time


$2,499 USD // Participant

About The Certification.

You’ll get the most out of The 4 Stages™ Certification if you’re a learning and development professional who wants to help your organization internally to learn, measure, and improve psychological safety. If you have a large organization, you may think about a group certification to certify a team of internal trainers to help in the facilitation process. The more the merrier, right? Independent consultants will not be considered for certification. 

If you want to roll out The 4 Stages™ Workshop, Team Survey, and Team Roadmap inside your organization yourself, you’ll have to get certified first. But if you want someone else to take the wheel, you can partner with LeaderFactor to deliver these solutions to your organization. We’ll even help you debrief your results. Either way, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety is the clearest, most comprehensive path for cultural transformation in organizations of all sizes. It’s a direct, actionable roadmap for organizations interested in making psychological safety an integral part of their organization. 

*Licenses for the Workshop, Team Survey, and Roadmap are sold separately*

If you want to be the one to deliver The 4 Stages™ Workshop, Team Survey, and Team Roadmap solutions then yes, you’ll need to get certified. But if you just want to learn more about The 4 Stages™ framework, then certification isn’t necessary. If learning is your primary objective, take a look at The 4 Stages™ Online Course, or a LeaderFactor-facilitated group workshop. And if none of that sounds appealing, our website is full of free resources to get you started. 

The Certification Process.

The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety Certification sessions are held every 6-8 weeks. To keep the groups small, interactive, and relevant to your needs, we limit our sessions to 15 participants. You’ll spend a half-day (4 hours) with Dr. Timothy R. Clark, the author of The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. Here’s how the process works:

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1. Sign-up online for a specific certification session. 

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2. Confirm your access to The LeaderFactor Platform.

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3. Complete pre-work through The LeaderFactor Platform

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4. Attend your live virtual certification session.

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5. Meet Your Account Manager for Ongoing Support

All Certified Trainers Receive.

Admin Access to the LeaderFactor Platform

Certified trainers have administrative access to the LeaderFactor platform. This means that you’ll be able to run multiple workshops and surveys across teams and departments. We’ll give you access to aggregate reporting and other advanced features to help you easily administer The 4 Stages™ solutions across your organization.

Engagement Enhancers

Advanced Reporting: access aggregate reporting to easily find common trends across your organization. Including the ability to import custom data.

Team Survey Debrief Guide: this debrief guide will walk through how to present survey results to teams and executives for maximum impact.

The 4 Stages™ Behavioral Guide: this behavioral guide is packed with 120+ essential behaviors for improving psychological safety in individuals and teams.

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Post-Certification Support and Community

All certified trainers will have access to our private LinkedIn group, exclusive newsletter, and community events. We’ll be there every step of the way so that you have the best engagement and outcomes when delivering The 4 Stages™ Solutions. 

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Deliver the Learn, Measure, Improve, Transformation Framework

Using the learn, measure, and improve framework you’ll unify your organization with a shared understanding of psychological safety, accurately measure the level of psychological safety on your teams, and provide action plans to help teams create cultures of rewarded vulnerability. Basically you’ll be able to jumpstart cultural transformation on any team.

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The 4 Stages Workshop

Certified trainers deliver this half-day session covering eight 25-minute discovery sessions exploring rewarded vulnerability and the progression of The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. The workshop sessions can be split across multiple days depending on the facilitator's and the organization's needs and timeline. The workshop session requires access to The LeaderFactor Platform.

Certified trainers delivering the workshop are required to pay $250/participant to train on the material and use the workshop features inside the LeaderFactor platform.


The 4 Stages Team Survey

Certified trainers can administer The 4 Stages™ Team Survey to intact teams or across entire departments and organizations. Trainers will be able to identify their organization's highest and lowest scoring teams with aggregate reports and determine common trends across the organization. 

Certified trainers administering the survey are required to pay $25/participant to facilitate a one-time survey unless the organization has signed up for a recurring survey plan.


The 4 Stages Team Roadmap

Certified trainers can administer The 4 Stages™ Team Roadmap to intact teams or across entire departments and organizations. Trainers will be able to identify areas of greatest vulnerability and then help individuals and teams reward that vulnerability through data-driven action plans.

Certified trainers administering the team roadmap are required to pay $25/participant to facilitate a one-time roadmap unless the organization has signed up for a recurring team roadmap plan.

Hear From The Community of 4 Stages Certified Trainers & Coaches!

Mavis Ureke - Emotions 4 Success

I realized what was coming out a lot in conversations and in the work I was doing is that as organizations work to transform their own cultures they get stuck or stalled by the lack of Psychological Safety in their own organizations. Psychological Safety is is the missing piece.

Paul Phelan - Head of Leadership Development Jardine Motors Group

"To get the certification was brilliant because it gave me a deeper understanding of The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. Now we are taking our entire leadership team through a 4 Stages Training."

Susan Franzen - Managing Partner Pattern Shifts

Dr. Timothy R. Clark and team don't just talk about The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, they model it in everything that they do.

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Meet Your Instructor

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Timothy R. Clark

Timothy R. Clark is founder and CEO of LeaderFactor, a global consulting, training, and assessment organization that focuses on leadership, culture, and change. Dr. Clark is an international authority in the fields of psychological safety & innovation, large-scale change & transformation, and senior leadership development. He has personally worked with more than 200 executive teams around the world.

Dr. Clark is the author of five books, including his new best-seller, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation. He has also written more than 200 articles in publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company.

Dr. Clark earned a PhD in social science from Oxford University and was both a British and Fulbright Scholar. He also earned a master’s degree in government and economics from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he was named a first-team Academic All-American football player where he completed a triple degree cum laude.

Before founding LeaderFactor 15 years ago, Dr. Clark served as the CEO for two companies.

His mantra to leaders is, “Lead as if you have no power.”

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The 4 stages of the Psychological Safety program was a great learning experience, the approach chosen by Timothy Clark was simple, straight forward and very effective. A good mix of content, theory and examples/- cases. I would also highlight the dynamic and open atmosphere of the session, leaving space for interactions, questions and testimonies, making the session a real living one! Understanding each stage in depth, exploring the different behaviors and leader´s role in creating a psychologically safe environment was very powerful and I feel comfortable and confident in applying what I have learned with my clients.

Alessandra Cavalcante, Partner & Co-Founder GoHuman Consultoria, Brazil

I am very grateful to have ‘found’ Timothy Clark’s book, The 4 Stages of Psychological safety – Defining the path from inclusion to innovation. Timothy’s work resonated on a deeply personal level for me– defining and giving me language for behaviors I have experienced and witnessed over the years. It also provided clarity for me on why, despite policies, training, and extensive investment in leadership development programs intended to increase equity and inclusion and improve workplace culture, organizations I have worked in and with haven’t been able to achieve the desired outcomes in a sustainable or consistent way. Timothy’s book held such deep resonance for me that I was compelled to pursue certification as a Certified Coach in The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety as a means of supporting organizations to measure and improve the level of psychological safety within their teams. I have no hesitation in recommending and endorsing Timothy’s work on The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety – the book and the certification workshop

Suzie Paceskoska, Executive Leadership and Organisational Coach

As a person responsible in part for implementing leadership development within my organization, I am thoughtful with both my time and the time of teams to which I bring outside counsel and knowledge. It's not really about training, it's about creating a culture rich in aligned values yet differing in perspectives and opinions. The psychological safety certification offered by LeaderFactor was not only insightful and well worth the time, more importantly it was actionable and had an immediate positive impact. We now use a common framework rooted in trust of one another and we challenge when someone is not living into our aligned values. Simple recommendations made through the certification are a part of our culture, including getting to know everyone's names and how to pronounce them correctly. Low hanging fruit that had not been on our radar prior. We know it's working too - as new employees onboard, they recount actions of our current employees that left an impression and many of those are from the teachings in this certification. I think the knowledge we gained has been invaluable and I am thankful for the time I devoted to obtaining my certification.

Bret Giles, Audacious Studios

I whole heartedly recommend the certification in Leader Factor’s 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. It is a perfect tool for our particular time because it enables a team, or a department to identify and address the obstacles to helping employees feel included at work. It is straightforward and easy to understand. Leaders, managers and employees can grasp the insights right away. You can actually do something about helping feel included, not just know more about it. I recommend the certification process. It’s one of the most pragmatic and value added opportunities you’ll find to invest in creating a workplace where innovation can become more of the norm and not just an occasional breakthrough.

Brent Chesney, Sr. Organizational Development Consultant

The 4 stage of psychological safety online certification course is a wonderful way for people to get a change to get a better understanding of the book written by Dr. Timothy Clark. Since Dr. Clark is part of the certification it gives participants a chance to learn more of what when into the theories found in his book. It also gives participates a change to ask question and get answer from Dr. Clark. The course also give you a chance to speak with other people who are interested in this topic. If you are interested in bring a new level of safety into your company this is an excellent resource.

Tammy Spruill, Lab and Safety Manager Barauch Blumber Institute

I have been following Dr Timothy Clarks work for some time and love the structure of the model which makes psychological safety so easy to explain and help people understand. Last year I took the next step and did the certification which is quick and extremely helpful. I am in the throws of setting up a new business which focuses heavily on human organisational performance and the 4-stages of psychological safety will play a major role. Lets’ step over the threshold of inclusion and becoming innovative together. Thank you for the great work and I do recommend this body of work regularly, in fact, I recently have seen names of people I have introduced the model too engaging with you all.

Karin Ovari, Safety Collaborator Facilitated Collaborations

Hi I’m Paul Phelan, Head of Leadership Development at Jardine Motors Group – UK. About a year ago I was looking into which skills are key in Leadership, with an aim to bring something new, yet still relevant into the group. Through my research I realized that ‘Psychological Safety’ was making headlines, with both Google and Gallup recognizing this as a key skill in the current times. This got me curious, and it wasn’t long before I came across LeaderFactor, and the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. I soon bought the book, and this grabbed my attention into wanting to know more about the work of Timothy R Clark and the team. I then attended some of the free virtual sessions, and was hooked even more, I could tell this was something I needed to bring into JMG. After making a business case to my HRD, I quickly became certified in the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, which deepened my passion and knowledge even more. We are now ready to roll out a year long programme with all our Senior Leadership teams to weave this deeper into our people culture. The great thing is through my 121 Coaching sessions where I have already started to use the 4 stages, its already growing momentum across the group, which is exciting for us.

Paul Phelan, Head of Leadership Development at Jardine Motors Group – UK.

We're honored to offer the 4-Stages of Psychological Safety survey as certified trainers. An excellent methodology. The survey helps us focus on the core areas holding teams back. We use our evidence-based learning model, Social Fitness Training (TM) to give teams the understanding, skills and practice to be courageous leaders in all areas of their work and support the best in others.

Brooke Deterline, Partner & CEO Courageous Leadership, LLC

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