A team role is defined as a way in which we prefer to interrelate with the team. We will usually have more than one as a preference. They are described in the profile as preferred, manageable and least preferred. The nine Belbin team roles are; Plant, Monitor Evaluator, Coordinator, Implementer, Completer finisher, Resource investigator, Shaper, Team worker and Specialist.
The first Team Role to be identified was the Plant. The role was so-called because one such individual was “planted” in each team. They tended to be highly creative and good at solving problems in unconventional ways.
One by one, the other Team Roles began to emerge. The Monitor Evaluator was needed to provide a logical eye, make impartial judgements where required and to weigh up the team’s options in a dispassionate way.
Co-ordinators were needed to focus on the team’s objectives, draw out team members and delegate work appropriately.
When the team was at risk of becoming isolated and inwardly-focused, Resource Investigators provided inside knowledge on the opposition and made sure that the team’s idea would carry to the world outside the team.
Belbin does not put people in boxes, as your team roles may change over time, and is based on observation as well as substantial research. It has also been updated regularly and the reports are of a good quality. All in all it really makes a difference to the way people work in teams. We would be happy to discuss how to develop your team or team leadership capabilities using Belbin Team Roles. Our training consultants work across the UK and further afield as required.