Patrick Lencioni
OccupationWriter, speaker
GenreBusiness, leadership

Patrick Lencioni (born c. 1965[1]) is an American writer 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 ten 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, and The Ideal Team Player. 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. His business principles are now course material at the University of Saint Mary. 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.