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The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

At Alpstra, we believe that building a cohesive team is the foundation of any successful organization. One of the core components of many of our training programs is understanding and implementing The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.

This model, based on the work of Patrick Lencioni, provides a clear, actionable framework to transform groups into high-performing teams.

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Here’s a closer look at each behavior and how it contributes to overall team success:


Trust is the cornerstone of a cohesive team. It involves vulnerability-based trust where team members are comfortable being open about their mistakes, weaknesses, and fears without fear of reprisal. This level of trust allows team members to engage in healthy conflict, collaborate effectively, and build deeper connections.


Healthy conflict is vital for growth and innovation. Teams that trust each other are able to engage in passionate debates about ideas and decisions without personal attacks. This constructive conflict ensures that all perspectives are heard, leading to better decision-making and problem-solving.


When team members have openly aired their views and engaged in healthy conflict, they are more likely to commit to decisions. Commitment doesn’t mean agreement; it means clarity and buy-in, even if there are initial disagreements. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and moving in the same direction.


A committed team holds each other accountable. This involves peer-to-peer accountability where team members respectfully call out performance or behavior that might hinder the team’s success. Accountability ensures that high standards are maintained, and everyone is responsible for their part in achieving the team’s goals.


The ultimate goal of a cohesive team is to achieve collective results. This means prioritizing the team’s objectives over individual goals and working together to ensure the team succeeds. By focusing on collective results, teams can achieve greater productivity, efficiency, and success.

Why The Five Behaviors Matter

Incorporating The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team into your organization can lead to:

Improved Collaboration: Team members work better together, leveraging each other's strengths and supporting each other's weaknesses.

Enhanced Communication: Open and honest communication becomes the norm, reducing misunderstandings and fostering a positive work environment.

Higher Productivity: With clear goals and strong accountability, teams can achieve more in less time.

Greater Innovation: Healthy conflict encourages the exchange of diverse ideas, leading to innovative solutions and better decision-making.

Stronger Relationships: Trust and mutual respect build stronger, more resilient relationships among team members.

At Alpstra, we integrate these principles into our training programs to help leaders and teams reach their full potential. By focusing on trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results, we guide teams to become more cohesive, productive, and successful.

Ready to transform your team? Explore our training programs and discover how The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team can make a difference in your organization.


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