Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Solving Key Teamworking Problems
Have you ever seen a team fall apart because of bickering, infighting, or a failure of accountability? Not only is it frustrating to watch, it's also incredibly disheartening.
This is why it helps to know about "Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team." In this article, we'll explore these five dysfunctions, and we'll look at what you can do to fix them.
About the Five Dysfunctions
Patrick Lencioni, president of management consulting firm, The Table Group, wrote about the Five Dysfunctions of a Team in his 2002 book of the same name. He developed these principles after observing and coaching thousands of CEOs and Fortune 500 management teams.
According to Lencioni, you cannot have a successful team without trust.
The five dysfunctions are:
- Absence of trust.
- Fear of conflict.
- Lack of commitment.
- Avoidance of team accountability.
- Inattention to team objectives.
Let's look at these in more detail.
1. Absence of Trust
Lencioni says that an absence of trust is the most severe dysfunction that a team can have. Without trust, productive work and growth are almost impossible. Team members spend time and energy protecting themselves or undermining each other, instead of focusing on the work and goals of the team.
By contrast, when team members trust one another, they're willing to be open and "vulnerable" with the group. They trust that no one will attack them maliciously, which means that they can spend their time and energy on the work at hand....