Endaba’s top 10 team building books

Endaba Group

Teams don’t work without teamwork. In a busy working environment, it can often be easily assumed that your team are working as one. However, digging deeper into your team can often reveal divides, competition and employees working as individuals. It is important that leaders address this and create a supported team as this has benefits for both the employees and for the wider organisation – as well as making your job as leader much more efficient!

So what does it take to become a great leader and how do you build a team that respect each other and yourself and inspire them to be the best they can?

Endaba has put together our top 10 teambuilding books on how to harness, create and be a part of a powerful team

1. ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change’, Stephen R. Covey.

The late Covey is a world-renowned leadership expert, and this book is truly inspirational in teaching readers to focus on both their personal and professional effectiveness in building a team. He advises that true leadership starts from within, managing inner wellbeing, creating a personal vision and cultivating self-control

2. ‘Virtual Team Success: A Practical Guide for Working and Leading from a Distance’, Richard Lepsinger and Darleen DeRosa

With the development of digital communications, many companies are choosing to run virtual teams. Whilst this has many benefits, it can be tricky to build a strong sense of team. Filled with recommendations to help enhance virtual team performance, this book is based on one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted on virtual teams.

 3. ‘Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t’, Simon Sinek

Sinek uses surveys, scientific research, and case studies to show you how to create a team that feels safe, by developing techniques for fostering trust, cooperation, and innovation within your team.

4. ‘Why Teams Don’t Work: What Went Wrong and How to Make it Right’, Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley

Finley and Robbins take a look at the human implications of teams, studying how teams today are really functioning and performing, and reasons for their failures.

5. ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable’, Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni takes a different approach to his business books, as he writes them as fictional stories. This corporate fable is an enthralling story of how a new leader takes the reins of an argumentative, underperforming team and turns the group around.

6. ‘Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence’, Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman is a pioneer of emotional intelligence and this book collects over 20 years of his writings on leadership and “organisational excellence,” including insights into the role of emotion in the workplace and the most effective ways to inspire others.

7. ‘Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes Paperback’, Brian Cole Miller

Every group can benefit from team-building exercises, however sometimes it’s not practical to embark on a full-scale training initiative. This book demonstrates 50 team-building activities, all of which can be implemented with no special facilities, big expense, or previous training experience

8. ‘The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business’, Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best–selling books and delivers a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organisational health provides.

9. ‘Team Turnarounds: A Playbook for Transforming Underperforming Teams’, Joe Frontiera, Daniel Leidl, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner

In today’s uncertain economic environment, teams are asked to do more with less. With resources stretched thin, turning around a struggling team has never been harder, and managers must work to identify and maximise the potential of their team. This book shows the 6 steps every team takes to make a 180 in their performance.

10. ‘Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork’, Kevin Pritchard and John Eliot

Drawing on true and inspirational stories from sports, to medicine, to business, Help the Helper shows what’s behind the curtain that furls great team performance

True team work can make all the different to employees and to a business itself. Organisations with a strong sense of team work ultimately enjoy increased efficiency, enhanced communication and a strong support network is created for both personal and professional purposes.