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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Bullock

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

“Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.”

The book uses an insightful fable to show why even the best teams struggle to perform well if there are challenges with trust, office politics and so on. It offers practical ideas about what to do about these challenges so that the team can become high-performing.


1. In a team where there is trust, people aren't afraid to be vulnerable: to say what they think, to give tough love, to share what is really going on without pointing fingers, and to admit when they made a mistake.

2. High-performing teams know how to handle conflict in a healthy and constructive way. They also know that once the decision is made, they must commit to it regardless of any differences in opinions.

3. In order to become a strong team with the highest level of cohesion, everyone must prioritize the common goals over individual interests.

READ IF: You are a leader whose key priority is to create a high-performing team.


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