The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
If you’re a leader, you will inevitably find yourself working with others. Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a great material to help you understand teams more.
Lencioni has a unique approach in explaining teams. He starts his book with a fiction and ends it expounding the principles found in the narrative.
The narrative tells us about a technological company named DecisionTech. It just hired a new CEO named Kathryn. Kathryn was faced with a challenge to turn around the company. More than this, she found herself working with a dysfunctional executive team, which was a bigger challenge. She started observing her executives and worked on them. Along the way, she unveiled the five dysfunctions that exist among her team. Though it wasn’t an easy ride, she managed to pull everything off.
Lencioni revealed that there are five dysfunctions in a team. These are: Absence of Trust, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability, and Inattention to Results. Having read Lencioni’s work, I realized that some, if not most and not all, dysfunctions are real and are implicitly present in the team that I’m currently part of. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is really a big help to me.