The Ideal Team Player - Patrick M. Lencioni

The Ideal Team Player

By Patrick M. Lencioni

  • Release Date: 2016-04-25
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 234 Ratings


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.


  • It gets better towards the end

    By Cisco_Felix
    The book gets better towards the end. The example drug on a little too long for my liking but definitely some great advice within the literature.
  • Off the bench and back into the game!

    By snowchic2
    Be intentional by investing the time of reading “The Ideal Team Player” by Patrick Lencioni, to get yourself off of the bench and back in the game! This book brings back into perspective for us, the forest that we’ve been unable to see because of all of the trees. As a team player, are you a strong one, an “ideal” one? If not, why not? The book directs your focus onto what role you play in your company. Helping you identify and address, your strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of your teammates, so you can effectively address them, in turn strengthening yourself and your team. Great read! Applicable in all areas of life and relating. Purchased and read in one sitting.
  • Insightful!!

    By KellyAnn150
    Great book for all levels whether you have a team that is completely dysfunctional or a group that just needs a little more help. He ties the obvious and the not so obvious items together in a way that pulls you in and provides concrete direction on how to make positive changes. Well done!!