The Ideal Team Player

In his classic, best-selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni laid out a groundbreaking new approach for attacking the dangerous group behaviors that destroy teamwork. Here, he turns his focus to the individual member of a team, revealing the three indispensable virtues that make some people better team players than others. The Ideal Team Player presents a powerful framework and easy-to-use tools for identifying, hiring and developing ideal team players in any kind of organization. Whether you’re a leader striving to create a culture of teamwork, a human resources professional looking to hire real team players or an employee wanting to make yourself an invaluable team member, this book will prove to be as practical as it is compelling.


The Concept

An ideal team player embodies three virtues: humility, hunger and people smarts. The power this combination yields drastically accelerates and improves the process of building high-performing teams.


Tools and Resources

Below are free tools and resources to help you recognize and cultivate ideal team players.

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The Model

The Ideal Team Player Model
  • Humble

    Ideal team players are humble. They lack excessive ego or concerns about status. Humble people are quick to point out the contributions of others and slow to seek attention for their own. They share credit, emphasize team over self and define success collectively rather than individually.
  • Hungry

    Ideal team players are hungry. They are always looking for more. More things to do. More to learn. More responsibility to take on. Hungry people almost never have to be pushed by a manager to work harder because they are self-motivated and diligent. They are constantly thinking about the next step and the next opportunity.
  • Smart

    Ideal team players are smart. They have common sense about people. Smart people tend to know what is happening in a group situation and how to deal with others in the most effective way. They have good judgment and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and the impact of their words and actions.

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The Ideal Team Player: Video Presentation

The Ideal Team Player: Video Presentation

In this video you will hear from best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, as he presents a powerful framework and simple advice for hiring and developing ideal team players in any kind of organization. Whether you’re a leader striving to create a culture of teamwork, a practitioner looking to train team players or an employee wanting to make yourself an invaluable team member, this video will prove to be as practical as it is entertaining.

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