Check it Out: Five Dysfunctions of a Team

| June 11, 2012

Though the title may sound a bit cheesy, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team was a pretty good book. No wonder it was on the NY Times Best Seller list for so long! I actually decided to read the book for an internship, but I found it very useful for other team situations in my life. I recommended the book to a coworker recently. She found a copy at our library — an illustrated manga version!

The details for the book in our library are below. It is essentially a book about the five main dysfunctions of a team (trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, results) in story form. This allows the reader to more easily apply the dysfunctions in a practical way. A description from Amazon is pasted below. Check it out!

Title: The five dysfunctions of a team: an illustrated leadership fable

Author: Patrick Lencioni; illustrated by Kensuke Okabayashi

Call #: HD66 .L456 2008

Imprint: Singapore : John Wiley & Sons (Asia), 2008

Edition: Manga ed

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.