What’s a dealbreaker when it comes to hiring ‘The Ideal Team Player?’

New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni has three traits leaders should look for in their team members: Be humble, be hungry and be smart. 

In fact, as president of The Table Group, a firm that provides organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement, Lencioni has made a career out of identifying what makes “The Ideal Team Player.”

Lencioni describes each trait in his eponymous 2016 book and how it’s not only integral to individual performance but critical toward building a successful team: 

Conversely, he also knows what trait will sink a team if it’s missing from any of its members. 

“When a person can’t be humble,” says Lencioni, “not only are they not going to be a great team player, but they’re going to be a dangerous team player.” 

In an extensive, exclusive interview for members, Lencioni and Vistage CEO Sam Reese drill down on what a “skillful politician” is, how they can destroy team cohesion and what leaders can do to uncover this dealbreaker early in the hiring process. 

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