Ideal Team Player


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The Ideal Team Player by author Patrick  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. 
Patrick 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 enhance yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.


Ideal team players possess a combination of three essential values—humility, hunger, and people smarts—that enable teamwork and make it more likely members can overcome the five dysfunctions that derail teams.

  • Humble team members are able to be vulnerable, engage in honest conflict and hold others accountable.
  • Hungry team members are willing to engage in uncomfortable conflict and hold others accountable
  • Smart team members understand group dynamics and can tactfully engage in productive conflict.

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