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:
Values & motivations
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
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.
+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.'