Summary of The Ideal Team Player

How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues

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The Ideal Team Player book summary
“Humble, hungry” and “people-smart” employees make the best team players.


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Best-selling business author Patrick Lencioni’s handy guide, which explains the top three traits of superior team players, comes cloaked in a story that also tells you how to hire the right people and how to help them become better team players. This informative business fable flows easily and ends with strong instructions and guidelines. Lencioni has spent the past 20 years consulting with quality teams and publishing business fables. While sometimes repetitious, this tale is plausible, helpful, engaging and entertaining. Lencioni is known for packing lots of lessons into accessible corporate storytelling, and here he pitches a good one for the team. getAbstract recommends his illuminating parable to executives who recruit, manage and rely on superior teams.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to hire someone who has the “three virtues” of an “ideal team player;”
  • Why these characteristics – being “humble, hungry” and “people smart” – are crucial to your team
  • How to exemplify these ideal traits as a manager


The “Three Virtues” of “Ideal Team Players“
To hire great team players, evaluate prospective hires in light of the requirements of effective teamwork, which demands a foundation of “vulnerability-based trust, healthy conflict, active commitment, peer-to-peer accountability and a focus ...
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About the Author

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a leadership and team development firm. His 10 business books, which have sold nearly five million copies worldwide in multiple languages, include The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Truth about Employee Engagement, Death by Meeting, and other “leadership fables.”

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