The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues
In his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking approach for tackling the perilous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here he turns his focus to the individual, revealing the three indispensable virtues of an ideal team player.
In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save...more
The Three Virtues of the Ideal Team Player
- Humble: humility is the single greatest and most indispensible attribute of being a team player
- Hungry: hungry people almost never have to be pushed by a manager to work harder because ...more
For any organization to have a successful culture, their important virtues need to be clearly defined and of upmost importance in the hiring process and in the refining process of their current employees. Lencioni argues that hungry, humble and smart are the three keys for building a successful tea ...more
1) Per other reviewers, the fable provided limited insight for me. Without the fable, the content basically could have been an article. Other readers enjoyed the fable; I would have preferred an actual case study.
2) Less than a third of the book was dedicated to application. There were some good suggestions there, but a lot of it felt like ...more
Most of the book is a fable about a company that has trouble with teamwork and the leadership team that develops the teamwork framework that Lencioni offers. The problem isn't that there is a fable. The problem is that the fable is much too long.
I liked the framework. Basically it calls for a balance between Humility, Hunger, and Smarts. Humility is thinking of yourself less. Hunger is looking for more: more things to do, ...more
With all the information available today and teams, most likely everyone has an idea of what the ideal team player may look like characteristically. And most likely if you were to take a survey of opinions you could possibly collect a list of 20 or more said qualities.
However our culture works against us in this area. So the gap between team members that embody the values of an ideal team player as opposed to those who do not is increasing. We have a cultu ...more
When Lencioni is not writing, he consults to ...more