The Five Dysfunctions of a Team...
A Leadership Fable

| Author: Patrick Lencioni in 2002 |

What’s it all about?
Does your team ‘openly’ disclose their opinions? Are your meetings exciting and productive where people will confront each other, reaching quick decisions? Are personal sacrifices made for the better of the team? If these questions got you thinking, then this book may help you with some solutions.

In this book, ‘The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team’, Patrick Lencioni created an iconic business fable, that will stand the test of time. A simple triangle visual breaks down what he sees as the top 5 reasons on why teams struggle, and how they link together. A very easy read, and the story keeps you engaged.

Starting from the bottom of the model, he focuses on 5 main areas: Absence of Trust, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability, Inattention to Results.

Basically, it breaks down office politics and exposes the difference between a team that appears to get along and one that is open and does not have emotional waste.

Favorite Quote
‘Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.’

Biggest takeaway
Really understanding who your ‘A’ team is, your first team. With top management groups I have asked these questions and have received raised eyebrows on more than one occasion. A department manager cannot make their ‘first team’ their department. The management team must come first. The highest-level group of an organization must all be on board that this is the main team, balancing all the needs of the organization and making decisions based on that. It becomes off balanced when decisions are driven by what is best for the individual department.

Reviewed by: Trevor Blondeel