Patrick Lencioni

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Patrick Lencioni
OccupationWriter, speaker
GenreBusiness, leadership

Patrick Lencioni (born c. 1965[1]) is an American writer of books on business management, particularly in relation to team management. He is best known as the author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a popular business fable that explores work team dynamics and offers solutions to help teams perform better.[2]

In addition to Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he has written ten other business books: The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business;[3] Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team; Death by Meeting; Silos, Politics and Turf Wars; The Five Temptations of a CEO;The Motive, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive; The Three Signs of a Miserable Job,[4] Getting Naked, and The Ideal Team Player. He has also applied his management techniques to families in The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family.[5]

The Table Group[edit]

Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health. As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with senior executives and executive teams in organizations ranging from Fortune 500s and high tech start-ups to universities and non-profits. He also gives talks on leadership, organizational change, teamwork and corporate culture. His business principles are now course material at the University of Saint Mary. He is frequently interviewed for national media including features in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.[citation needed] CNN Money listed him in 2008 as one of "10 new gurus you should know".[6] The Wall Street Journal said he is "one of the most in-demand business speakers."[7]

Previously, Lencioni worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and Sybase, where he was VP of Organization Development.

Lencioni grew up in Bakersfield, California.[1] He lives in Alamo, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is married and has four sons.


  • Lencioni, Patrick. 1998. The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 9780787944339
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2000. The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0787954031
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2002. The Five Dysfunctions of A Team. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0787960759
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2004. Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0787968052
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2005. Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0787976378
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2006. Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0787976385
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2007. The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery (originally titled Three Signs of a Miserable Job). Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-1119237983
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2008. The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable... About Restoring Sanity To The Most Important Organization In Your Life. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0787995324
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2010. Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-8126528295
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2012. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0470941522
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2016. The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-1119209591
  • Lencioni, Patrick. 2020. The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-1119600459


  1. ^ a b "Q&A with Patrick Lencioni, bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team'". The Bakersfield Californian. March 27, 2010. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  2. ^ Dysfunctional workplace? Take some advice from Bakersfield-born author
  3. ^ Buchanan, Leigh (April 3, 2012). "Why CEOs Need to Think Less About Strategies". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ Von Ahn, Lisa (August 26, 2007). "Fable illustrates how bad jobs get that way". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Forget the boardroom: Families need management help". Los Angeles Times. October 29, 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  6. ^ "10 new gurus you should know". CNN Money. November 13, 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  7. ^ Schawbel, Dan (March 26, 2012). "Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business". Forbes. Retrieved 17 January 2013.

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