Belbin identified nine distinct clusters of behavior that individuals exhibited and called them `Team Roles`. These are detailed in the grid below. Each team role defines a tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way. In the words of Dr Meredith Belbin, Team Roles serve "as a common meaningful language to bridge the gap between ourselves and our colleagues".
Typically, most people have two or three Team Roles that they are most comfortable with and prefer; 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. Remember that the only accurate way to identify your Team Role preferences is by generating your personalised Belbin Report. Ask for your Belbin Report here.
The 9 Team Roles
|TEAM ROLE||STRENGTHS||ALLOWABLE WEAKNESSES|
||Challenging, dynamic, goal oriented, has drive and courage||Prone to provocation Often offends people’s feelings|
||Disciplined, organised, efficient, turns ideas Into actions||Somewhat inflexible, low to respond to new possibilities|
||Accurate, conscientious meticulously prevents errors||Inclined to worry unduly, reluctant to delegate|
||Extrovert, enthusiastic, communicative explores opportunities, develops contacts||Over-optimistic, loses interest once initial enthusiasm has passed|
||Calm, confident, clarifies goals, promotes participative decision making||Can be seen as manipulative, off-loads personal work|
||Cooperative, caring, diplomatic, sensitive, a good listener, averts friction||Indecisive when faced with tough decisions|
||Creative, imaginative, unorthodox, solves difficult problems||Ignores incidentals, too pre-occupied to communicate effectively|
||Logical, analytical discerning, judges accurately||Lacks drive and ability to inspire others|
||Single minded, motivated by the pursuit of knowledge||Contributes on a narrow front, dwells on technicalities|
Nobody is perfect but a team can be. Belbin is the language, the gold standard method to discovering your behavioral contributions at work, and to leverage the power of teams in transforming performance of your Organization.
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