The Five Dysfunctions of a Team describes the many pitfalls that teams face as they seek to “grow together”.

This book (and framework) explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure.

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5 Dysfunctions of a Team

For those who want to expand your leadership skills, I highly recommend learning and sharing the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team attributes and associated program; it will make a lasting impression and a significant impact to your team. 

Buy the book for each team member.  There is also a field guide to help teaching the program.  Here is a link to buy the book – 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

The resources below are not comprehensive or refined, that is not their purpose.  These resources are basic wireframes or initial “seeds” to get you started.  The purpose of the I Power Ideas website is to offer these seeds to nurture and foster growth and learning opportunities.  You are encouraged to craft your own documents and materials tailored to your specific requirements.  Feel free to modify, adapt, and overhaul them as needed.  Our hope is that these resources will provide the seeds that will enrich and enhance your personal experience and the journey of your team.


We invite you to download these resources, designed to be simple yet effective starting points. Think of them as “seedlings” that you can cultivate and transform into personalized versions. We encourage you to edit and tailor them to fit your specific needs and situations. Enjoy the process!

5 Dysfunctions of a Team Summary Sheet

Brief summary of the 5 Dysfunctions

Absence of Trust

Part 1 of Absence of Trust

Absence of Trust

Part 2 of Absence of Trust

Fear of Conflict

Part 1 Fear of Conflict

Lack of Commitment

Intro and Part 1 to Lack of Commitment

Lack of Commitment

Part 2 Lack of Commitment

Lack of Commitment

Part 3 Lack of Commitment

Lack of Commitment

Part 4 Lack of Commitment

Avoidance of Accountability

Avoidance of Accountability

Inattention to Results

The last part of the sessions

Accountability Artifact

This is an exercise to help with avoidance of accountability

Lack of Commitment Artifact 1

Summary of terms, can be used to place on tables and/or to be read

Lack of Commitment Artifact 2

Example of a personal storyrelating to Lack of Commitment

Avoidance of Accountability Artifact 1

Sample questions for session along with key words

Avoidance of Accountability Artifact 2

To print and place on tables

BYU Goal Study Artifact

Here is the artifact used in the study referenced in the PPT.