Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, The

Patrick Lencioni
In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.


Reviewed: 2019-01-12
Reviewed: 2018-02-16

This was a great book.  Great for all leaders to read.  Quick read but you can see how important having the right people on your team is.

Reviewed: 2016-06-02
For all the attention that it has received over the years from scholars, coaches, teachers, and the media, teamwork is as elusive as it has ever been within most organizations. The fact remains that teams, because they are made up of imperfect human beings, are inherently dysfunctional.

This was not bad, and I really thought it was going to be when I realized three quarters of the book was a fictional story about a CEO implementing the model of team dynamics the book espouses. The above quote from the introduction made me feel much better; it's rare for a management book to begin with a frank recognition of the darkness of the human heart. However, the model boils that down to only five main dysfunctions, and I question whether the treatments offered for them are really all that effective (although just walking the talk and becoming effective at discipline are a world of good medicine, there can be no doubt). That said, it's a quick read and the concepts (which take about twenty pages to actually lay out) may be made marginally more memorable by the 'fable,' but you could also go straight to page 187 (in the edition I read) and finish the book from there. I will say that it is refreshing to read a management book that has one simple, straightforward model, giving it a chance of actually being used. Also, it is not a baloney bunch of corporate speak; it is good sense. (If good sense were practiced by any significant population of leadership out there, we could dispense with this whole genre, but it isn't, so maybe a few folks will read this and improve.)

**Edited 6/30/15 to fix typo**
Reviewed: 2015-06-15

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