Being in the leadership and team development space, I keep a close watch on what models, tools and products people talk and write about. I continue to be amazed by how frequently I read stories that reference concepts related to The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, the team assessment and development program based on Patrick Lencioni’s best selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

Without trust – teamwork is all but impossible

In this recent article for Entrepreneur, Tor Constantino shares some ideas about how to turbocharge team performance. The #1 attribute he mentions? Trust (which happens to be the first of the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team).

Quoting Patrick Lencioni, Mr. Constantino writes, “Without trust — teamwork is all but impossible. The most important action that a leader must take to encourage the building of trust on a team is to demonstrate vulnerability first.”

The article goes on to highlight the importance of engaging in productive conflict (another of the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team), along with communicating intentionally, having shared purpose, and inspiring each other. Check it out and get a little inspiration of your own.

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Brett Cooper

Brett is the visionary President of Integris Performance Advisors, a professional development firm he co-founded to expand the existence of healthy organizations and great places to work. By creatively bringing together concepts from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (by Patrick Lencioni), The Leadership Challenge (by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner), and Lean Six Sigma, Brett and his team have influenced thousands of people in government, non-profits and corporate America to work together in more productive, more effective and more human ways. Outside of his role at Integris, Brett dedicates time to serving others in need. He is a volunteer coordinator for the East Bay Stand Down and Stand Down on the Delta, two non-profits serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless Veteran population. He is also board member and financial sponsor for Partners in Sustainable Learning, whose mission is to bring early childhood education to marginalized communities in the developing world (current projects are underway in Nepal).