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Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators by Patrick Lencioni

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Chapter 10. OBSTACLES TO AVOID

The leader isn't truly committed to building a team.

The leader isn't truly committed to building a team.

This is another tough one. The fact is, leadership matters. If the leader of a team doesn't understand the power of teamwork and isn't prepared to lead the effort in terms of setting an example and dedicating time to it, then the chances of success are basically zero.

However, many leaders who might seem uninterested in teamwork are often just skeptical about the possibility of achieving it, or are afraid that acknowledging the need for it might reflect poorly on them. In these cases, success is possible, as long as they're willing to start the process with good intentions.

We've worked with many skeptical—not cynical, ...

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