From the Publisher
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
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.
From the Jacket
Praise for Patrick Lencioni
"A gripping analysis of what makes teams work effectively. This
fine work is a must-read for any leader that has come to grips with
the fact that no one makes progress-much less
-James H. Amos Jr., president and CEO, Mail Boxes Etc.
"Every manager and executive will recognize themselves somewhere
in this book. Lencioni distills the problems that keep even the
most talented teams from realizing their full potential. Even more
important, he shows-in prose that is crisp, clear, and fun to
read-how to solve them."
-Geoffrey A. Moore, chairman, The Chasm Group; author, Crossing
the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, and Living on the Fault
"This book is as thought-provoking, insightful, and rich with
ideas as The Five Temptations of a CEO. I've used it with my team
and it works!"
-Phillip J. Hildebrand, executive vice president and chief
distribution officer, New York Life Insurance Company
"Compelling and incisive, this will become the definitive guide
on how to build and manage successful teams."
-Jean Kovacs, president and CEO, Comergent Technologies
"As practical, readable and compelling as his other books. I'm
sure this will be another business classic."
-Richard Carr, president and CEO, TEC International
About the Author
Patrick Lencioni is president of The Table Group,
a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm, and author of
the best-selling books The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary
Executive and The Five Temptations of a CEO. In
addition to his work as an executive coach and consultant, Pat is a
sought-after speaker. Prior to founding The Table Group, he worked
at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, Oracle
Corporation, and Sybase, where he was vice president of
organizational development. He is on numerous advisory boards and
sits on the National Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of America. Over the years, Pat has worked with hundreds
of executive teams and CEOs-all struggling, at one time or another,
with the potential for dysfunction among their teams.
Pat lives with his wife, Laura, and their twin boys, Matthew and
Connor, in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach him at The
Table Group's web site, www.tablegroup.com, or at