The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Summary

The New York Times best-selling team leadership handbook for modern executives, managers, and organizations

After her first two weeks observing the problems at DecisionTech, Kathryn Petersen, its new CEO, had more than a few moments when she wondered if she should have taken the job. But Kathryn knew there was little chance she would have turned it down. After all, retirement had made her antsy, and nothing excited her more than a challenge. What she could not have known when she accepted the job, however, was just how dysfunctional her team was, and how team members would challenge her in ways that no one ever had before.

For twenty years, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has been engaging audiences with a page-turning, realistic fable that follows the travails of Kathryn Petersen, DecisionTech’s CEO, as she faces the ultimate leadership crisis. She must unite a team in such disarray that it threatens to derail the entire company.

Equal parts leadership fable and business handbook, this definitive source on teamwork by Patrick Lencioni reveals the five behavioral tendencies that go to the heart of why even the best teams struggle. He offers a powerful model and step-by-step guide for overcoming those dysfunctions and getting every one rowing in the same direction.

Today, the lessons in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team are more relevant than ever. This special anniversary edition celebrates one of the best-selling business books of all time with a new foreword from the author that reflects on its legacy and lessons.

Book Reviews


Very insightful and instructional on team building5 star

Great read with very practical advise on building of high performing teams….55


Great book5 star

Very engaging for an educational book. Highly recommend55


Five Dysfunctions of a team5 star

As a small business owner this was on point for me. I really understood the challenges depicted in this story and could relate totally.55


Another great book! Solid!!!5 star

Had the pleasure of meeting the author this year at Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership Summit in Dallas last May. What a great, knowledgable author. And a nice man too. Taught me about humble, hungry and smart in building a team from his first book which they gave us at the Summit. Love his writing style. Highly recommend especially if you own a business or are running a team.55

Nicholas A Beaird

Wisdom nugget after wisdom nugget5 star

This was an incredibly good, and easy, read. This book is full of pragmatic ideologies one will be able to take to their team as soon as the book is finished. I would highly recommend this book to any business leader.55


Great read5 star

As an active duty Marine, this book will help with developing a team. Marines are trained as a team and are taught to adapt and overcome. This book has just opened my eyes a bit more when it comes to encouraging conflicts for the better of the team. I recommend this book for any member of any team. Maybe this book will make the "Commandants Reading List" one day. #SemperFidelis #Gunny55


Must read for any true leader5 star

Recommended to me during the job interview and I truly enjoyed it.55

DTC 52

Pleasantly easy to read and helpful.5 star

I had to read this book for work and was worried it was going to be hard to get through. I was definitely wrong. I was hooked from the beginning and finished the book quickly. It's very helpful information and I really enjoyed the style he used to explain the subject. It's worth your time.55


Engaging5 star

This book was very engaging. It was hard to put down. I finished it in two nights and learned a ton about leading a team.55


The right book at the right time.5 star

This book was exactly what I needed to show me ways to improve our teams performance. I highly recommend this book to anyone who leads a team or is part of one.55

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