The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ has a simple goal:

To help people discover how to build a truly cohesive and effective team.

What Makes A Team Cohesive?

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ is the result of the partnership between Wiley Workplace Learning Solutions and best-selling author Patrick Lencioni. Together we have created a team development program with a simple goal—to improve team effectiveness and productivity through the understanding and application of The Five Behaviors™: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results.

1. Trust


Trust lies at the heart of a functioning, cohesive team and can only happen when team members are willing to be completely vulnerable with one another. This includes saying things like “I’m sorry” or “Your idea was better than mine.” A personality assessment can help people gain insight on their peers and develop empathy, two important qualities that allow a team to build trust.

2. Conflict


Conflict is naturally uncomfortable, but productive conflict focused on concepts and ideas is essential for any great team to grow. When teams have a foundation of vulnerability-based trust, conflict simply becomes an attempt to find the best possible solution in the shortest period of time.

3. Commitment


Commitment is clarity around decisions, not consensus. With commitment, teams move forward with complete buy-in from every team member – including those who may initially disagree.

4. Accountability


It’s easy to avoid difficult conversations, but calling out peers on performance or behaviors that might hurt the team is essential to productivity. By “entering the danger” with one another, team members feel trusted, respected, and responsible for getting things done right.

5. Results


One of the greatest challenges to team success is the inattention to results. Great teams ensure all members, regardless of their individual responsibilities and areas of expertise, are doing their best to help accomplish team goals.

Through this program, team members will go through a journey of both team and personal exploration, providing them with insights and ways to create a better, stronger team.

The program introduces The Five Behaviors™ model of Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results as a powerful framework to understand the principles of cohesive teams.

The program goes beyond a theoretical model, by having team members assess their teams on these 5 principles (Each participant completes an on-line assessment of their team before the session).

Then during the program, these findings are used as a platform for discussion and exploration to understand the current dynamics of their team.

The program also integrates workplace personality assessments to help individuals understand themselves and their team members at the individual level within this team framework (Each participant completes an on-line  assessment for themselves before the session).

Again these findings are integrated into the session, to provide a platform of discussion about what each individual brings to the team due to their natural tendencies and preferences.

A Powerful Program for Intact Teams

This program provides participants with powerful insights about their team as a whole, about themselves and about all members of their team; enabling them to use that foundation to create a truly cohesive team for their future.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team assessment and accompanying material is designed for intact teams. It provides a framework that helps members of a true intact team to have deeper conversations about how they work together on a day-to-day basis. Although there are many different types of teams, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive team works best for teams that:

  • are formed from relatively small number of people (from three to twelve)
  • who meet on a regular basis
  • are collectively responsible for results
  • share common goals as well as the rewards and responsibilities for achieving them

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Powered by 2 Distinct Personality Assessment Tools

As mentioned above, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team utilizes workplace personality assessments to help participants understand the personalities on their team and how they can effectively work together.

There are two versions of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team based upon the personality assessment tool which it integrates. Therefore two distinct solutions to choose from, based on which assessment tool you prefer to use.

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