Five Dysfunctions of a Team

To start off 2017, the Book of the Month that I have chosen is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. This book is written as a leadership fable and is a quick read. Lencioni discusses five components or dysfunctions that keep teams from being effective and proposes some compelling solutions. His message to become a stronger and more impactful leader applies to all leaders of any size team. Over the years, I’ve worked with leaders of teams of all sizes and I’ve seen these dysfunctions cripple what could have been successful teams. I’m confident that reading this book will give you some solid insights to being the best leader that you can be.


Kathryn Petersen, a new CEO of a struggling company, 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 tale serves as a 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 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 simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.


Patrick Lencioni writes books that primarily focus on business management, particularly in relation to team management. He is best known as the author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a popular business fable that explores work team dynamics and offers solutions to help teams perform better. In addition to Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he has written nine other business books. Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health.  As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with senior executives and executive teams in organizations from Fortune 500, high tech companies, universities and non-profits. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. He is married and has four children.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team can be purchased HERE.

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