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Belbin Team Roles
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Belbin® Team Role Theory:

 
 

Dr Meredith Belbin defined a Team Role as:

"A tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way."

 

Discovering Team Roles
Meredith’s work at Henley Management College identified nine clusters of behaviour, termed Team Roles. Each Team Role has its particular strengths and allowable weaknesses, and each has an important contribution to make to a team.

 

 

Team Role
Team Role Contribution
Allowable Weaknesses
plant
Plant

Creative, imaginative, unorthodox.

 

Solves difficult problems.

Ignores incidentals.

 

Too preoccupied with own thoughts to communicate effectively.

resource investigator
Resource Investigator

Extrovert, enthusiastic, communicative.

 

Explores opportunities. Develops contacts.

Over-optimistic.

 

Can lose interest once initial enthusiasm has passed.

coordinator
Co-ordinator

Mature, confident. Clarifies goals.

 

Brings other people together to promote team discussions.

Can be seen as manipulative.

 

Offloads personal work.

shaper
Shaper

Challenging, dynamic, thrives on pressure.

 

Has the drive and courage to overcome obstacles.

Prone to provocation.

 

Liable to offend others.

ME
Monitor Evaluator

Serious minded, strategic and discerning.

Sees all options. Judges accurately.

Can lack drive and ability to inspire others.

teamworker
Teamworker

Co-operative, mild, perceptive and diplomatic.

 

Listens, builds, averts friction.

Indecisive in crunch situations.

implementer
Implementer

Disciplined, reliable, conservative in habits.

 

A capacity for taking practical steps and actions.

Somewhat inflexible.

 

Slow to respond to new possibilities.

Cf
Completer Finisher

Painstaking, conscientious, anxious.

 

Searches out errors and omissions. Delivers on time.

Inclined to worry unduly.

 

Reluctant to let others into own job.

specialist
Specialist

Single-minded, self-starting, dedicated.

 

Provides knowledge and skills in rare supply.

Contributes on only a limited front.

 

Dwells on specialised personal interests.