5 Dysfunctions of a Team

5 Dysfunctions of a Team summary

Best-selling Author, Patrick Lencioni


The true measure of a team is that it accomplishes the results that it sets out to achieve. To do that on a consistent, ongoing basis, a team must overcome the five dysfunctions listed here by embodying the behaviors described for each one. 

Dysfunction #1: Absence of Trust: Members of great teams trust one another on a fundamental, emotional level and they are comfortable being vulnerable with each other about their weaknesses, mistakes, fears and behaviors. They get to a point where they can be completely open with one another, without filters. This is essential because….

Dysfunction #2: Fear of Conflict: …teams that trust one another are not afraid to engage in passionate dialogue around issues and decisions that are key the organization’s success. They do not hesitate to disagree with, challenge, and question one another, all in the spirit of finding the best answers, discovering the truth, and making great decisions. This is important because…

Dysfunctions #3: Lack of Commitment…teams that engage in unfiltered conflict are able to achieve genuine buy in around important decisions, even when various members of the team initially disagree. That’s because they ensure that all opinions and ideas are put on the table and considered, giving confidence to team members that no stone has been left unturned. This is critical because…

 Dysfunction #4: Avoidance of Accountability:…teams that commit to decisions and standards of performance do not hesitate to hold one another accountable for adhering to those decisions and standards. What is more, they don’t rely on the team leader as the primary source of accountability; they go directly to their peers. This matters because…

 Dysfunction #5: Inattention to Results: … teams that trust one another, engage in conflict, commit to decisions, and hold one another accountable are very likely to set aside their individual needs and agendas and focus almost exclusively on what is best for the team. They do not give in to the temptation to place their departments, career aspirations, or ego-driven status ahead of the collective results that define team success.


CEO’s (in the book) method after off-site team re-building:

1. Annual planning meeting and leadership development retreats (three days, off-site)

-topics might include budget discussions, major strategic planning overview, leadership training, succession planning and cascading messaging


2. Quarterly staff meetings (two days, off-site)

-topics might include major goal reviews, financial review, strategic discussions, employee performance discussions, key issue resolutions, team development, and cascading messages.


3. Weekly Staff Meetings (two hours, on-site)

-topics might include key activity review, goal progress review, sales reviews, customer review, tactical issue resolution, cascading messages


4. Ad hoc meetings (two hours, on site)

-topics might include strategic issues that cannot be adequately discussed during weekly staff meetings.





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