The Ideal Team Player

The Ideal Team Player

By Patrick Lencioni

Brett Dwyer writes:

Of all the popular business book authors, Patrick Lencioni would possibly be the one that has had the greatest influence on our own business.

This particular book has had a huge impact on the way we interview and hire new team members. Most businesses just choose a candidate based on “gut-feel”. We did that for a long time too, until we learned better. Such an important decision needs far better clarity and guidance – and largely because of this book we’re now completely clear on the qualities we look for when employing.


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 his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess, and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues.

Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players. Whether you’re a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.

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