Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Like it or not, all teams are potentially dysfunctional. This is inevitable because they are made up of fallible, imperfect human beings.

 Fortunately, there is hope. Counter to conventional wisdom, the causes of dysfunction are both identifiable and curable; but it requires both courage and discipline.

Is Your Team Dysfunctional?

To begin improving your team and to better understand the level of dysfunction you are facing, ask yourself these simple questions:

Although no team is perfect and even the best teams sometimes struggle with one or more of these issues, the finest organizations constantly work to ensure that their answers are “yes.” If you answered “no” to many of these questions, your team may need some work.

The first step toward reducing politics and confusion within your team is to understand that there are five dysfunctions to contend with, and address each that applies, one by one.

Stressed business colleagues having a meeting in an office and solving problems


  • 1

    Absence of Trust
  • 2

    Fear of Conflict
  • 3

    Lack of Commitment
  • 4

    Avoidance of Accountability
  • 5

    Inattention to Results

Our Solution

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team online team assessment is the definitive tool for leaders looking to make their teams more cohesive and effective. It provides teams with practical, usable data that will help address their most critical issues and begin to make tangible progress right away. This assessment can be retaken again at some point in the future; a progress report can then be provided comparing the initial results to current so you can see how the team is doing in each of the areas related to a high-functioning team. 

The initial assessment is usually accompanied by a ~2-hour debrief and discussion session to help guide how to focus the work to support a cohesive, effective team. It is frequently used as a precursor to one of our other team-based programs.











This tool was developed by Pat Lencioni and the Table Group. As a member of the Consultant and Practitioner Alliance, Dr. Rosie is certified to offer consulting services based on his model.

Benefits of Strong, Cohesive Teams

Be more productive, effective, and time-efficient

Tap into the skills and opinions of all members

Create a competitive advantage for the organization

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