Belbin Team Roles

Belbin have identified nine different behaviours that individuals display in the work place.  We call these the nine Belbin Team Roles.

 

A Team Role is defined as "a tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way."

  • For a team to be successful it needs to have access to each of the 9 Belbin Team Roles.
  • Typically, most people have two or three Team Roles that they are most comfortable with; a few others that they can manage to cover if they need to; and finally the rest that they prefer not to adopt at all.

The nine Team Roles are detailed below.

The only accurate way to identify your Team Role strengths and weaknesses is by generating your personalised Belbin Report. You can purchase these reports as an individual, a trainer, or an organisation.

 

 

 

Resource Investigator

They use their inquisitive nature to find ideas to bring back to the team. 

Strengths: Outgoing, enthusiastic. Explores opportunities and develops contacts

Allowable weaknesses: Might be over-optimistic, and can lose interest once the initial enthusiasm has passed

Don't be surprised to find that: They might forget to follow up on a lead

Teamworker

Help the team to gel, using their versatility to identify the work required and complete it on behalf of the team

Strengths: Co-operative, perceptive and diplomatic. Listens and averts friction

Allowable weaknesses: Can be indecisive in crunch situations and tends to avoid confrontation

Don't be surprised to find that: They might be hesitant to make unpopular decisions

Co-ordinator

Needed to focus on the team's objectives, draw out team members and delegate work appropriately

Strengths: Mature, confident, identifies talent. Clarifies goals.

Allowable weaknesses: Can be seen as manipulative and might offload their own share of the work

Don't be surprised to find that: They might over-delegate, leaving themselves little work to do

Plant

Tend to be highly creative and good at solving problems in unconventional ways

Strengths: Creative, imaginative, free-thinking, generates ideas and solves difficult problems

Allowable weaknesses: Might ignore incidentals, and may be too preoccupied to communicate effectively

Don't be surprised to find that: They could be absent minded or forgetful

Monitor Evaluator

Provides a logical eye, making impartial judgements where required and weighs up the team's options in a dispassionate way

Strengths: Sober, strategic and discerning. Sees all options and judges accurately

Allowable weaknesses: Sometimes lacks the drive and ability to inspire others and can be overly critical

Don't be surprised to find that: They could be slow to come to decisions

Specialist

Brings in-depth knowledge of a key area to the team

Strengths: Single-minded, self-starting and dedicated. They provide specialist knowledge and skills

Allowable weaknesses: Tends to contribute on a narrow front and can dwell on the technicalities

Don't be surprised to find that: They overload you with information

Shaper

Provide the necessary drive to ensure that the team keeps moving and does not lose focus or momentum

Strengths: Challenging, dynamic, thrives on pressure. Has the drive and courage to overcome obstacles

Allowable weaknesses: Can be prone to provocation, and may sometimes offend people's feelings

Don't be surprised to find that: They could risk becoming aggressive and bad-humoured in their attempts to get things done

Implementer

Needed to plan a workable strategy and carry it out as efficiently as possible

Strengths: Practical, reliable, efficient. Turns ideas into actions and organises work that needs to be done

Allowable weaknesses: Can be a bit inflexible and slow to respond to new possibilities

Don't be surprised to find that: They might be slow to relinquish their plans in favour of positive changes

Completer Finisher

Most effectively used at the end of tasks to polish and scrutinise the work for errors, subjecting it to the highest standards of quality control

Strengths: Painstaking, conscientious, anxious. Searches out errors. Polishes and perfects

Allowable weaknesses: Can be inclined to worry unduly, and reluctant to delegate

Don't be surprised to find that: They could be accused of taking their perfectionism to extremes

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