Its been a long time since I have termed a business book “gripping”. This book was exactly that – I finished reading the book cover to cover in the shortest possible time & I enjoyed every moment of it. The author, Patrick Lencioni, brands his product as A Leadership Fable – & it sure lives up to this tag. The book is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to leverage a team – either as a manager or as a team member.
At the core of this book is the Five Dysfunctions Model – a pyramid of the five dysfunctions –
Absence of Trust stemming from unwillingness to be vulnerable within the group (base of the pyramid)
Fear of Conflict leading to artificial harmony
Lack of Commitment resulting in ambiguity
Avoidance of Accountability as seen in low standards
Inattention to Results accompanied by focus on individual status & ego (apex of the pyramid)
The most practical aspect of this book is post the fable – a guide to put the model to work. The guide provides three useful inputs (a) a checklist to identify which dysfunction is ailing your team, (b) suggestions for overcoming the dysfunction, and (c) role of the leader.
A question that I have pondered over many times in the recent past is How do you know when a team is collaborating? The book does provide crucial cues to answer this question (at least for now).