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What is Belbin?

Belbin Team Roles is a model that can help you understand yourself, your team and ultimately help  create successful teams.

There are 9 team roles that have been identified that make up successful teams. Based on behaviours they are underpinned by an individuals:

  • Personality

  • Mental ability

  • Values & motivations

  • Experience

  • External influence

  • Role learning (understanding your own 'team role'

Identified through an individuals self perception and observer feedback - they can identify their team role preferences. This is more than a psychometric test will give you - it focuses on how people actually behave.

It helps understand who is the best at certain tasks, what motivates/demotivates people and how you can get the best from yourself or others.

Belbin can be used individually or as part of a team to:

  • Develop leadership skills

  • Create career plans

  • Support change programmes

  • Recruit the right people

  • Build confidence

  • Help manage conflict in the work place

The 9 Team Roles


+Challenging, dynamic and thrives  on pressure.

- Prone to provocation. Offends peoples feelings.


+Co-operative, perceptive and diplomatic.

- Indecisive in crunch situations. Avoids confrontation.

+Sober, strategic and discerning. Sees all options and judges accurately.

-Lacks drive and ability to inspire others. Can be overly critical.

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+Creative, imaginative, free-thinking. Generates ideas and solves difficult problems.

- Ignores incidentals. Too pre-occupied to communicate effectively.

+Mature, confident, identifies talent.Clarifies goals. Delegates.

- Can be seen as manipulative. Offloads own share of the work.


+Single-minded, self starting, dedicated. Provides knowledge and skills in rare supply.

- Contributes on only a narrow front. Dwells on technicalties.


+Enthusiastic, communicative and outgoing. Explores opportunities and develops contacts.

- Over-optimistic. Loses interest once initial enthusiasm has passed.


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

- Somewhat inflexible. Slow to respond to new possibilities.


+Painstaking, conscientious, anxious. Searches out errors. Polishes and perfects.

- Can be inclined to worry unduly, and reluctant to delegate.

A team role defined by Meredith Belbin is:

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

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