Building a well-functioning team is always a challenge. During a crisis, such as the Covid pandemic, however, there are even more factors that can disrupt cooperation, creating a breeding ground for preexisting problems to spread. Political leaders and managers alike are thus well-advised to recognise the roots of dysfunctions as early as possible. In this article, we are going to break down how to identify defects based on the book by management expert Patrick Lencioni, “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.”
1. Absence of trust: Unwilling to be vulnerable within the group.
Members of trustful teams usually ask for help, own up to mistakes, and give feedback. Conversely, when there is a general lack of trust, members tend to hide their mistakes and weaknesses, focus on making a good impression, and jump to quick conclusions.