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Team Effectiveness

5 Common Questions About The Five Behaviors

5 Common Questions About The Five Behaviors®

Enhancing Team Dynamics and Driving Success

Healthy organizations start with healthy, cohesive teams. Teams that can work together effectively are more likely to achieve success. But why? Teamwork enables a group of individuals with different strengths, skills, and perspectives to come together and accomplish a common goal. This is where The Five Behaviors® steps in.

1.    What is The Five Behaviors®?

The Five Behaviors® programs deliver a premiere learning solution that improves team effectiveness and productivity through the understanding and application of The Five Behaviors: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results. The programs focus on crafting healthy, well-functioning teams, teaching both established teams and individual contributors how to develop good habits, contribute to a culture of teamwork and collaboration, and understand their ownership in establishing effective teams. 

2.    What is The Five Behaviors® based on?

The Five Behaviors program, inspired by Patrick Lencioni's bestselling book "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team," is designed to foster teamwork and collaboration within organizations. The five key dysfunctions of a team Lencioni notes are:

  • Absence of trust
  • Fear of conflict
  • Lack of commitment
  • Avoidance of accountability
  • Inattention to results

By addressing these key areas, the program aims to transform often fragmented teams into cohesive units, capable of achieving higher levels of performance and productivity.

3.    How Does The Five Behaviors® Improve Communication and Collaboration?

The five behaviors of a cohesive team include trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results. In order for a team to become cohesive, it is important for all members to actively participate and contribute towards these behaviors. Let's explore each behavior in more detail:

  • Trusting One Another: When team members are genuinely transparent and honest with each other, they are able to build vulnerability-based trust.
  • Engaging in Conflict Around Ideas: When there is trust, team members are able to engage in unfiltered, constructive debate of ideas.
  • Committing to Decisions: When team members are able to offer opinions and debate ideas, they will be more likely to commit to decisions.
  • Holding One Another Accountable: When everyone is committed to a clear plan of action, they will be more willing to hold one another accountable.
  • Focusing on Achieving Collective Results: The ultimate goal of building greater trust, conflict, commitment, and accountability is one thing—achieving greater results as a team.

4.    Is The Five Behaviors® right for my team?

If your team is experiencing challenges in communication, collaboration, or facing obstacles in achieving its goals due to interpersonal conflicts, The Five Behaviors® could be an excellent remedy. This program is particularly beneficial for teams seeking to enhance their productivity by building a stronger, more cohesive work environment. Want a quick test to decide if your team could improve? Our Checklist for Assessing Team Effectiveness can help you.

5.    What are the two The Five Behaviors® programs?

The Five Behaviors® Personal Development is a half-day program designed for all employees to learn how to develop good habits, contribute to a culture of teamwork and collaboration, and understand their ownership in establishing effective teams. The Five Behaviors®: Team Development is designed to help intact teams learn about and practice the behaviors of healthy, well-functioning teams.

The Five Behaviors® presents an essential framework for understanding team dynamics and fostering a culture of successful collaboration. Whether you belong to an established team facing hurdles in collaboration or are part of an organization striving to build effective teams from the ground up, The Five Behaviors® equips you with the tools and insights required to transform group efforts into remarkable achievements.


When teams work well together, it is transformational. The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team is a proven resource that introduces key concepts of teaming and facilitates a mechanism for sustained cohesiveness. Follow the link below to register for our upcoming webinar and explore how The Five Behaviors® can positively impact your team:

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Kara Janssen

Kara Janssen creates engaging content that connects our clients to the FlashPoint brand and mission, helping them grow as leaders.