Belbin Team Roles
So who are you?
• Highly motivated with a lot of nervous energy and a great need for achievement.
• Like to challenge lead and push others to action, can be headstrong and emotional in response to disappointment or frustration.
• Generally make good managers because they generate action and thrive on pressure.
Innovators and inventors – can be highly creative. Often enjoy working on their own away from other members of the team.
• Tend to be introvert and react strongly to criticism and praise. Great for generating new proposals and to solve complex problems.
• Ability to pull a group together to work towards a shared goal.
• Mature, trusting, and confident they delegate readily. They stay calm under pressure.
• Quick to spot an individual’s talents and use them to pursue group objectives.
• Co-ordinators are useful to have in charge of a team with their diverse skills and personal characteristics.
• Serious-minded, prudent individuals.
• Slow deciders who prefer to think things over – usually highly critical thinking ability.
• Usually make shrewd judgements by taking into account all the factors.
• Important when analysing problems and evaluating ideas and suggestions. Resource investigator
• Good communicators both with other members of the group and with external organisations.
• Natural negotiators, adept at exploring new opportunities.
• Adept at finding out what resources are available and what can be done.
• Relaxed personalities with strong inquisitive sense and a readiness to see the possibilities of anything new.
• Very good for finding resources and heading negotiations. Implementer
• Well organised, enjoy routine and have a practical common-sense and self discipline.
• Systematic approach to tackling problems • Reliable and hardworking.
• Will do what needs to be done whether or not they will enjoy the task. Team worker
• Supportive members of the team.
• Flexible and adaptable to different situations and people.
• Perceptive and diplomatic.
• Good listeners
• Avoid conflict
• Good at allowing everyone in the group to contribute.
• Have a great capacity for follow-through and attention to detail, and seldom start what they cannot finish.
• Dislike carelessness
• Reluctant to delegate, they prefer to tackle tasks themselves.
• Good at tasks that involve close concentration and a close degree of accuracy.
• Pride themselves on acquiring technical skills and specialist knowledge.
• Priorities are to maintain professional standards and advance their own subject.
• Very committed.
• Important in providing the technical expertise and are usually called upon to make decisions involving in depth experience and expertise.
Belbin, M. (2004) Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail (Butterworth Heinemann, 2nd ed.,)
Who are you?