The Five Behaviors: Personal Development

Build and fortify skills that transcend teams.

This new product was created to harness the power of The Five Behaviors™ across the entire organization. The Five Behaviors™: Personal Development solution teaches individuals to become better teammates by integrating Patrick Lencioni’s model at the organizational level. The goal is to completely redefine teamwork and collaboration.

Personal Development was designed specifically to work for individuals; participants do not all need to be part of the same team. Rather, participants can carry the takeaways of this program from one team to the next, enabling a culture of teamwork.

Today’s organizations are working beyond a single team. Advances in technology are disrupting the market, globalization is forcing a new approach of working, and the teams of the future have never seen this level of diversity. In essence, organizations need to equip their employees to create cohesive teams quickly to enable results.

Learners at all levels of an organization can benefit from this program and adopt its powerful principles, shape behaviors, and create a common language that empowers people to rewrite what it means to work together.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team© Model

Below is a brief summary of the five behaviors:

 Trust one another
When team members are genuinely transparent and honest with one another, they are able to build vulnerability-based trust.
 Engage in Conflict around ideas
When there is trust, team members are able to engage in unfiltered, constructive debate of ideas.
 Commit to decisions
When team members are able to offer opinions and debate ideas, they will be more likely to commit to decisions.
 Hold one another Accountable
When everyone is committed to a clear plan of action, they will be more willing to hold one another accountable.
 Focus on achieving collective Results
The ultimate goal of building greater trust, conflict, commitment, and accountability is one thing: the achievement of results.



Trust can only happen when team members are willing to be completely vulnerable with one another. There is confidence among team members that their peers’ intentions are good and that there is no reason to be protective or careful around each other.

How does a team build vulnerability-based trust?

Using a behavior assessment like DiSC can give team members deeper insights into themselves and their peers. It can help people understand each other and get comfortable being transparent about personal limitations.



Even though many of us may naturally try to avoid conflict at work, by doing so, we’re missing out on the kind of passionate debates that are essential to any great team. All lasting relationships require productive conflict in order to grow.

When team members build a foundation of vulnerability-based trust, conflict simply becomes an attempt to find the best possible answer. Productive conflict around concepts and ideas has the potential to produce the best possible solution in the shortest period of time.

How does conflict help teams succeed?

A team that engages in conflict minimizes politics and puts critical topics on the table for discussion. It also extracts the ideas of all members, helping to solve real problems quickly.



In the context of a cohesive team, commitment is clarity around decisions, and the ability to move forward with complete buy-in from every member of the team – including those who initially disagreed with the decision. Great teams understand they must be able to commit even when the outcome is uncertain and not everyone initially agrees.

How do different DiSC styles generally approach commitment?

  • D - coworkers have a take-charge attitude and want to make up their minds quickly.
  • i - coworkers rely on personal relationships and may be more apt to commit when they feel a sense of team spirit.
  • S - coworkers are careful decision-makers and want to be absolutely sure before they commit.
  • C - coworkers are swayed by objective information rather than emotion or intuition.



It’s not uncommon for people to be unwilling to tolerate the interpersonal discomfort that accompanies calling out a peer on his or her behavior, preferring to avoid difficult conversations. Effective teams overcome these natural inclinations, opting instead to ‘enter the danger’ with one another.

Applying peer pressure is a good thing when it comes to workplace teams. It gives team members a sense of feeling trusted and respected, and members feel a responsibility to get things done right.

DiSC styles tend to prefer receiving productive feedback in different ways:

  • D - coworkers prefer a straightforward delivery.
  • i - coworkers want a positive explanation.
  • S - coworkers prefer a considerate but direct delivery.
  • C - coworkers want a truthful, logical explanation.



The ultimate goal of encouraging trust, healthy conflict, commitment, and accountability is to achieve results. And yet, as it turns out, one of the greatest challenges to team success is the inattention to outcome-based results.

Aren't all teams working toward results?

Results would naturally seem to be the driving force behind a team. However, sometimes team status and individual status goals get in the way. A focus on team status occurs when merely being part of a group is satisfying enough, regardless of results. Individual status refers to the familiar tendency of people to focus on enhancing their own positions or career prospects at the expense of the team.

The emphasis is on collective results. Great teams ensure all members, regardless of their individual responsibilities and areas of expertise, are doing whatever they can to help the team accomplish its goals.

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Five Behaviours Sample Personal Development Report

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Over the years of working with intercultural teams, we realized that it's not possible to talk about Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability and Results without considering the (inter)cultural implications. This article series was created to share our experiences from walking this road, and what we have found to work well with a mix of western, Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. Sign up to receive the series through the below link!

Inter-Cultural Facilitation with the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team - Email Series

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