Patrick Lencioni has written 11 books, including his bestseller identifying The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which are distrust, conflict, lack of commitment, lack of accountability and failure to focus on results. Talking with Ryan Hawk on the Learning Leader Show podcast, he applies his analytical lens to specific leadership challenges, like having to push people to excel and knowing you won’t please everyone. Lencioni says those who avoid conflict, risk and uncomfortable situations can’t become good leaders. Often citing professional sports teams, which he finds quite “dysfunctional” organizations, he calls for better attitudes about leadership. Becoming a leader isn’t a prize, he says; it’s a responsibility.
About the Podcast
Patrick Lencioni is one of the founders of The Table Group and is the pioneer of the organizational health movement. He is the author of 11 books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Ryan Hawk created The Learning Leader Show podcast in 2015 as a way to explore leadership and excellence. He is also the author of Welcome to Management: How to Grow from Top Performer to Excellent Leader.