The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Patrick M. Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

By Patrick M. Lencioni

  • Release Date: 2010-06-03
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 682 Ratings


A leadership fable that is as compelling and enthralling as it is realistic, relevant, and practical.

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as captivating 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.


  • Five Dysfunctions of a team

    By The DMG
    As a small business owner this was on point for me. I really understood the challenges depicted in this story and could relate totally.
  • Another great book! Solid!!!

    By jazziej
    Had the pleasure of meeting the author this year at Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership Summit in Dallas last May. What a great, knowledgable author. And a nice man too. Taught me about humble, hungry and smart in building a team from his first book which they gave us at the Summit. Love his writing style. Highly recommend especially if you own a business or are running a team.
  • Wisdom nugget after wisdom nugget

    By Nicholas A Beaird
    This was an incredibly good, and easy, read. This book is full of pragmatic ideologies one will be able to take to their team as soon as the book is finished. I would highly recommend this book to any business leader.
  • Great read

    By Joe-Ortega-#7
    As an active duty Marine, this book will help with developing a team. Marines are trained as a team and are taught to adapt and overcome. This book has just opened my eyes a bit more when it comes to encouraging conflicts for the better of the team. I recommend this book for any member of any team. Maybe this book will make the "Commandants Reading List" one day. #SemperFidelis #Gunny
  • Must read for any true leader

    By fromrussiamyself
    Recommended to me during the job interview and I truly enjoyed it.
  • Engaging

    By Mawkk
    This book was very engaging. It was hard to put down. I finished it in two nights and learned a ton about leading a team.
  • The right book at the right time.

    By HSC86P
    This book was exactly what I needed to show me ways to improve our teams performance. I highly recommend this book to anyone who leads a team or is part of one.
  • Great Book

    By Mazzerati
    After reading this book I immediately bought one for each of my staff to read and go over.
  • Enjoyable and insightful read

    By KayGlaze
    I am not a business professional, but anyone who gets even a quarter of the way through this book should be able to understand what a difference this book could mean to any team. Me? I'll use it for the band I work with. It can just as easily translate to a sportsteam, religios organization, or anyone who works with others in the pursuit of a vision.
  • Helpful for team-players

    By GGabriel123
    I enjoyed reading 5 Dysfunctions of a Team because the book begins with a story about a fictional company, which made the concepts of the book easy to understand. After reading about the fictional story the book goes through the five dysfunctions of a team, and provides anecdotes, in a way the readers can then use for themselves. This is a good book for anyone that has to work with other people in his or her job.