The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: A Leadership Fable By

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni is a realistic fictional story that focuses on a real-world scenario focused on the importance of team building skills. In the story, a relatively young, yet successful company recruited a new CEO. Recently the company was falling into decline, apparently by the dysfunctions of the executive team. The story followed the CEO in her efforts to unite the team in an attempt to encourage increased productivity and most importantly, an understanding of how a team should function. Lencioni describes a realistic group of people who are not working together as a successful team. With Katheryn, the team’s newly hired leader, the group explores and confronts the issues that…show more content…
He has written eight nationally recognized books that focus on team development and organizational health. Lencioni is often referenced by popular news media for his knowledge of business management. Lencioni argues that a team that does not function properly will snowball overtime into a disastrous situation. Lencioni mentions that a team must be aware of what a team must do to function well and collaborate in a manner that will lead to higher success with all members working toward a common goal. Throughout the book, the author reminds the reader that true team building is a process that involves work and effort over a long period. He also reminds the reader that in many instances there will be regression as deliberate team building is in the implementation process. Lencioni describes “the five dysfunctions of a team” that hinder the capacity of the team to operate as a whole. These dysfunctions are simple, yet essential to understand: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. The book describes what these dysfunctions look like among this fictional team and describes what would need to occur in order to reshape these things into something positive. Throughout the story, there are sobering reminders that it is possible to experience a downfall both in the initial phases as well as during the rebuilding phases of a team that individuals simply are not a
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