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Observers don’t see Ash’s accuracy and detail focus, so perhaps there are other qualities that Ash can draw on from amongst the top four Team Roles?
In her webinar on authentic leadership, Lindsay Lalla (Belbin North America), described how leaders might use their ‘List of Observer Words’ – the collated feedback from colleagues within the Belbin Report – to choose two strengths to cultivate and two weaknesses to manage, in pursuit of a more effective leadership style.
Observers see lots of positive Shaper behaviours, but don’t see Ash as challenging, so one of Ash’s goals could be to hone those Shaper strengths further by considering how work can be presented in a way that will engage and inspire people. When it comes to Completer Finisher qualities, accuracy and the ability to spot errors are amongst the lowest on Ash’s list, so it may not be worth investing effort in trying to improve in these areas. The most likely outcome is that Ash’s other strengths would simply be dulled while efforts were focused elsewhere.
Others in the team might be more naturally suited to the focused, detail-oriented work, leaving Ash free to pursue new opportunities and lead from the front. Whilst Observers see some positive Resource Investigator attributes, Ash has a high score for over-talkative, relative to strengths for that role. So, Ash might be able to accommodate colleagues (especially Teamworkers and Monitor Evaluators who might not be so vocal in meetings, for example) by making a conscious effort to speak less and hear what others have to say.