Patrick Lencioni in his book The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team describes the elements of a great team:
- Trust forms the foundation upon which everything else is built. If each team member does not deeply trust the other then the rest of the pyramid is weak.
- Constructive Conflict is crucial for success in business and on projects. Teams will not be open about problems or engage in active discussions if they don’t have a foundation of trust.
- Commitment is something that is talked about a lot but without the foundation of Trust and then going through the process of Constructive Conflict team members often passively commit.
- Accountability to each other and the commitment to hold each other accountable for behaviors and actions that help meet the commitments. Again; this is often focused on but without the foundational layers true accountability does not exist.
> Results is what everyone is looking for but a myopic focus on results won’t make them happen. Teams must build the strong foundation that makes the top-out of the building possible.
Going further - Extreme Teams