A fictional but compelling story built on trust.

Much like Patrick Lencioni’s other great books, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team uses a fictional leadership tale, this time exploring the fascinating, complex world of teams.

As CEO of a technology company, Kathryn faces a leadership crisis: uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company.

As you read through this story of two halves, you can see how easily any one of the five dysfunctions can have a dramatic effect on team work.

Lencioni’s suggested 5 dysfunctions of a team are:

Absence of Trust
Fear of Conflict
Lack of Commitment
Avoidance of Accountability
Inattention to Results

Knowing the five dysfunctions is only half the battle, and half the book. In the second half of the book, Lencioni expands on each dysfunction and offers a course of action to address each one.

Some of these actions will seem difficult to enact in the work place, but when has leading a successful team been easy – and should it be? The most important first step is to build trust and the key is to help others trust you by being the first to be vulnerable.

Why not take the first step today and be honest with your team about something you find difficult, something you need their help with or a mistake you have made. This will help your team feel more trusting of you, which means they are more likely to open up too.

If you are looking for a better understanding of teamwork, check out The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable.