Over, 20 years ago Patrick Lencioni wrote a most useful and magnificent book about Leadership.
It’s in the form of a short novel. It is a leadership fable and the story of Kathryn Petersen’s struggle with the management team from hell and her final positive resolution is instructive.
The five dysfunctions are:
- Absence of trust
- Fear of Conflict
- Lake of commitment
- Avoidance of Accountability
- Inattention to results
Of course, the Five Dysfunctions reversed is the goal.
Because the first part of the book tells a story about the personalities of the members of the team and the difficulties Kathryn faces it is an entertaining read.
Lencioni lays out the plot like a mystery novel and there is a great deal of unsolvable.
How do you motivate a team of people to change their behavior?
I’ve used the book in working with management teams for over 20 years and it really works.
Beginning on page 191 there is a team assessment which is pretty simple. It has only 15 questions
Usually, I give the team I’m working with the test before they begin to study the book.
A month after we have finished the book, we take the test again.
Usually, the change in attitudes is amazing.
This is a pleasant read, and the book has a red cover.oHoHo