[March 30, 2016] Roughly every two weeks I do a book review here at theLeaderMaker.com. Why? Because reading is such a vital part of leadership. Nearly every book I read on leadership tells me about lessons I already know about in some different way. But what most tell me about the positive side of leadership although learning is often best from the mistakes of others. I personally learned how not to be a bad leader mostly from bad leaders. The book today is about that issue. Good reading!
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni, 2002.
Lencioni’s book tackles leadership in the form of a story (or fable) about a hypothetical Silicon Valley firm in trouble and how its new CEO helps bring the company back from failure. The author’s focus is on teamwork and how the CEO was able to reestablish the essentials in it. He does this through his model of the five dysfunctions of a team and thus the title of the book. Those dysfunctions are: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. Overcoming these dysfunctions is, of course, the key to success and Lencioni again succeeds in showing us how to do it. Everyone works in a team environment in some way, whether as a CEO or as the newest and most junior member. This books helps reinforce important ideas about leadership and is an easy read for anyone interested in how to help themselves and their workplace. Patrick Lencioni has written several other books on how leaders can improve their organizations. Highly recommended.
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