Over the last fifteen years or so I have read numerous books on leadership. Three or four of these have been superb:
“Search for Excellence” by Tom Peters
“The Leadership Challenge” by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
“Built to Last” by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
“Good to Great” by Jim Collins
Lencioni’s book belongs to this select list of superb books.
An organization has no more powerful resource than teamwork. Not money, not equipment, not buildings. Teamwork is the most powerful resource we have. And yet, so often we fail to leverage the power of teamwork.
Lencioni’s book is invaluable. He explains why trust is the foundation of teamwork, and why teams that trust engage in passionate debate about ideas. If there is no unfiltered debate about ideas, then teams never really buy in and commit to decisions. Accountability is avoided and results suffer.
Furthermore, the book is largely told in story style and it is hard to put down. The book is a delight not a chore.
If you are a member of a team at work or at church, and certainly if you lead a team, then do yourself a favor and read “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team