THE FIVE DISFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM – Patrick Lencioni (2002)

It has been rightly said that there is no “I” in team.  Patrick Lencioni reminds leaders that teamwork is indispensible to successful organizations.  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team provides readers with a practical model for building an effective team.

Much of the book is a fictional account of a newly appointed CEO and chronicles her struggle to build a cohesive team

The model summarizes the five dysfunctions of a team, including absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.  Lencioni remarks, “… Teamwork deteriorates if even a single  dysfunction is allowed to flourish.”

Effective teams seek to reverse the dysfunctions which results in mutual trust, engaging in unity around ideas, making commitments to decisions and action plans, accountability, and focusing on achieving results.

The most useful section of this work focuses on each of the five dysfunctions and provides helpful solutions for overcoming these paralyzing tendencies.

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