The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
"The Five Dysfunctions of a Team"
By Patrick Lencioni
A Leadership Fable
Pat Lencioni is a constant producer and encourager in the business leadership space. If you’ve listened to any number of Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership podcast episodes, you’ve heard of Pat. He’s a frequent guest of many other interview-style shows in the space and now runs a new podcast of his own called “At The Table” which just launched in the summer of 2019. His main focus in leadership is on elements of culture and teamwork. An accomplished author and speaker, Pat Lencioni has contributed generously to modern leadership development.
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team is arguably the most recognized of his 11 books to date. This book is written as a work of fiction about a new CEO coming on board a technology company and struggling with the interactions within her team of executives. These are relatable struggles most of us will have experienced in one context or another. In the book, Pat breaks down the five dysfunctions and lessons in overcoming them: (1) trust and vulnerability, (2) conflict and artificial harmony, (3) commitment and ambiguity, (4) accountability and low standards, and (5) status and ego. There’s a good chance just reading that list of dysfunctions brings up memories of stress and drama in your past. Maybe you’re still in the midst of something and can’t see a way through it?
This book has been a long time bestseller and frequently lauded by leadership experts. If you’re in any sort of leadership position or aspire to be in the future, The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team is a thorough map of the hazards of team dynamics and how to avoid them.
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