The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team' by Patrick Lencioni identifies some stumbling blocks that leaders often encounter that interfere with the success of their team. This asset provides questions for a group discussion about this book.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Patrick Lencioni's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team combines storytelling and practical application to advise leaders on how to build a cohesive team. The following discussion questions will support students as they transform the fable and advice offered in this book into action.

Introduction - Part 1

  • Why did Lencioni write this book? Who is the target audience? In what context do you plan to use what you learn in this book?
  • What are some challenges Kathryn faces in her new position? How would a new executive typically address her team in the first weeks of employment? Why do you think Kathryn chose to remain passive at the beginning? Do you think she made the right decision? Why?
  • What are some criticisms Kathryn's employees have about her approach? Do you think they are justified? Explain your answer. What does Kathryn observe that helps her identify her next steps?

Parts 2 - 4

  • What is Kathryn's primary motive in improving the functioning ability of her team? What impact does team dysfunction have on an organization?
  • Describe the 5 reasons teams are dysfunctional. Provide examples from your own life that illustrate each of these areas of dysfunction.
  • Describe the feedback Kathryn provides for her team over the next couple of weeks. How does the team respond to feedback? Explain the importance of a collective purpose. How can you create a collective purpose for your team?
  • What results does the company experience over the next year as a result of Kathryn's approach? Why does she make the decision to reorganize when things are going well? How does her approach impact the way this information is received by her team? Think about a time when you had to make a change that could have been perceived negatively. How did you handle it? What can you learn from the way Kathryn handled it?

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