The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A Leadership Fable

Patrick Lencioni


This is offered as a “leadership fable” where he tells a story of a startup that has the right tools, but a management team that exhibits the “5 Dysfunctions” and thus can’t execute. A new CEO comes in to school them on their faults.

The issues, which stack on each other, are: 

All pretty simple stuff, but hard to do in practice. The “fable” part of seeing how a fictional CEO brings her team together is helpful for role-playing how this might come up.

Plus, it’s a really short book and very easy to read.