The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

The new Youth Pastor at my church had us read this book for the leadership team in RSM. Here is the info from Barnes & Noble.

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

As a pastor I have always placed a high emphasis on my leadership team. I believe that a healthy leadership team is the key to a successful ministry. So my mindset and thoughts on this goes back to one of Bo Schembechler’s most famous speeches, “The team, the team, the team”. This book has that same kind of mindset.

I listened to the audiobook for this book and I found myself getting pumped up as different members of this team began to get the concepts of what the 5 dysfunctions were and how they were operating in their group and what their part of it was. The five dysfunctions are: lack of trust, fear of conflict, unwillingness to commit, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. These are things that many leaders will recognize, but few will know exactly how to fix and this book tries to help you to get it. I recommend this book for anyone who is in leadership and for their team as well.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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