The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
June 2010, Jossey-Bass
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.
Part One: Underachievement.
Part Two: Lighting the Fire.
Part Three: Heavy Lifting.
Part Four: Traction.
An Overview of the Model.
Understanding and Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions.
A Note About Time: Kathryn's Methods.
A Special Tribute to Teamwork.
About the Author.
Pat lives with his wife, Laura, and their twin boys, Matthew and Connor, in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach him at The Table Group’s web site, www.tablegroup.com, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every manager and executive will recognize themselves somewhere in this book. Lencioni distills the problems that keep even the most talented teams from realizing their full potential. Even more important, he shows in prose that is crisp, clear, and fun to read how to solve them." Geoffrey A. Moore, Chairman, The Chasm Group and Author of Crossing the Chasm; Inside the Tornado and Living on the Fault Line
- "This book is as thought-provoking, insightful, and rich with ideas as The Five Temptations of a CEO. I've used it with my team and it works!" Phillip Hildebrand, executive vice president and Chief Distribution Officer, New York Life Insurance Company
- "Compelling and incisive, this will become the definitive guide on how to build and manage successful teams." Jean Kovacs, president and CEO, Commergent Techonologies
- "As compelling, readable and practical as his other books. I'm sure this will be another business classic." Richard Carr, president and CEO, TEC International
—Richard Carr, President & CEO, TEC International
"Every manager and executive will recognize themselves somewhere in this book. Lencioni distills the problems that keep even the most talented teams from realizing their full potential. Even more important, he shows — in prose that is crisp, clear, and fun to read — how to solve them."
—Geoffrey A. Moore, Chairman, The Chasm Group, Author, Crossing the Chasm; Inside the Tornado; Living on the Fault Line
"I read most best-selling business books. What sets Lencioni apart is his ability to provide insightful and practical solutions to complex management challenges."
—Phillip Hildebrand, Executive VP and Chief Distribution Officer, New York Life Insurance Company
"A gripping analysis of what makes teams work effectively. This fine work is a must read for any leader that has come to grips with the fact that no one makes progress — much less succeeds — alone."
—James Amos, president and CEO, Mail Boxes, Etc.
"Compelling and incisive, this will become the definitive guide on how to build and manage successful teams."
—Jean Kovacs, president and CEO, Comergent Technologies