Patrick Lencioni
OccupationWriter, speaker
GenreBusiness, leadership

Patrick Lencioni (born c. 1965)[1] is an American author of books on business management, particularly in relation to team management. He is best known as the author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a popular business fable that explores work team dynamics and offers solutions to help teams perform better.[2]

In addition to Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he has written eleven other business books: The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business;[3] Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Death by Meeting, Silos, Politics and Turf Wars, The Five Temptations of a CEO, The Motive, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job,[4] Getting Naked, The Ideal Team Player, and The 6 Types of Working Genius. He has also applied his management techniques to families in The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family.[5]

The Table Group

Lencioni is president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health. As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with senior executives and executive teams in organizations ranging from Fortune 500s and high tech start-ups to universities and non-profits. He also gives talks on leadership, organizational change, teamwork and corporate culture. He is frequently interviewed for national media including features in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.[citation needed] CNN Money listed him in 2008 as one of "10 new gurus you should know".[6] The Wall Street Journal said he is "one of the most in-demand business speakers."[7]

Previously, Lencioni worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and Sybase, where he was VP of Organization Development.

Lencioni grew up in Bakersfield, California.[1] He lives in Alamo, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is married and has four sons.



  1. ^ a b "Q&A with Patrick Lencioni, bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team'". The Bakersfield Californian. March 27, 2010. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  2. ^ Dysfunctional workplace? Take some advice from Bakersfield-born author
  3. ^ Buchanan, Leigh (April 3, 2012). "Why CEOs Need to Think Less About Strategies". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ Von Ahn, Lisa (August 26, 2007). "Fable illustrates how bad jobs get that way". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Forget the boardroom: Families need management help". Los Angeles Times. October 29, 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  6. ^ "10 new gurus you should know". CNN Money. November 13, 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  7. ^ Schawbel, Dan (March 26, 2012). "Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business". Forbes. Retrieved 17 January 2013.