The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team Book cover

This book helps the leadership team understand five fundamental dysfunctions that prevent them from achieving consistent success. While highlighting these dysfunctions, it gives vital insight into overcoming them. We align around open, honest conversations and getting teams to trust each other. It would be best if you created a functional culture, and this book supplements our training by addressing some of the most significant internal challenges businesses face today. 

Publisher Summary: Kathryn Petersen, a company CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: uniting a team that is in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company.  Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions that go to the very heart of why teams–even the best ones–often struggle.

Written as a narrative, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team offers a peek into the type of behaviors that hinder trust, communication, and accountability among teams. This is a highly recommended read if you lead a team of sales professionals.

Key Takeaways from Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

  • The absence of trust is the basis for all other dysfunctions of a team
  • Fear of conflict can be present no matter the situation, and many people are uncomfortable with it and will do everything possible to avoid confrontation.
  • A lack of commitment can occur without the broad support of priorities. Your team may not seem like it has a clear direction and could start missing important deadlines.
  • Everyone is responsible for a team’s success by holding each other accountable.

About the Author

Patrick Lencioni is the founder and president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health.  As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500s and high-tech start-ups to universities and nonprofits.

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