The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The5dysfunctionsofateamIn “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” Patrick Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

We have developed a team assessment based on the book which addresses common team issues such as;

  • unable to come to a collective agreement to a problems;
  • a culture of naming, blaming and shaming;
  • no one accepting responsibility;
  • deadlines being missed;
  • moral is low or on the decline.

The5dysfunctionsofateamTo get the people in a team aligned and rowing in the same direction requires the CEO and the executives to address the following five dysfunctions of their team, an Absence of Trust, a Fear of Conflict, a Lack of Commitment, an Avoidance of Accountability and an Inattention to Results. These dysfunctions are hierarchical in that if one level is broken the other levels WILL fail. Take our test now and see how your team fares against these 5 Dysfunctions!Take the test

Level Overview
Inattention to Results Team members naturally tend to put their own needs (ego, career development, recognition, etc.) ahead of the collective goals of the team when individuals aren’t held accountable.  If a team has lost sight of the need for achievement, the business ultimately suffers.
Avoidance of Accountability When teams don’t commit to a clear plan of action, even the most focused and driven individuals hesitate to call their peers on actions and behaviors that may seem counterproductive to the overall good of the team.
Lack of Commitment Without conflict, it is difficult for team members to commit to decisions, creating an environment where ambiguity prevails.  Lack of direction and commitment can make employees, particularly star employees, disgruntled.
Fear of Conflict Teams that are lacking on trust are incapable of engaging in unfiltered, passionate debate about key issues, causing situations where team conflict can easily turn into veiled discussions and back channel comments.  In a work setting where team members do not openly air their opinions, inferior decisions are the results.
Absence of Trust This occurs when team members are reluctant to be vulnerable with one another and are unwilling to admit their mistakes, weaknesses or needs for help.  Without a certain comfort level among team members, a foundation of trust is impossible.