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How To Get Started With The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni is one of my favourite books on leadership.

Here's how to get started:


As you know, a lack of vulnerability is the first dysfunction of a team. This lack of vulnerability creates mistrust.

To put it simply, trust and vulnerability can only be grown when you understand each other.

So the first thing I'd recommend you do is to run exercises with your team to help you understand each other.

  1. Get your team to read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team so everyone has the same language

  2. Do the personal histories exercise with your team (in the book)

  3. Take the Working Genius assessment with your team and then discuss together

I know that sounds simple, but do those things and then let me know how you go! Understanding each other better and creating that vulnerability makes an incredible difference in building a high-performance team.

Want to know how to deal with difficult people on your team? Check out my book Step Up or Step Out.

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