Belbin Team Roles

Dr. Meredith Belbin, derived the concept of distinct 9 team roles. The teams roles were derived as a result of studying teams who were competing with each other on table top business centred scenarios. The study involved teams that were successful and the make up of the team members in such teams when given a challenge centred on a business setting. Uniquely useful, this tool evaluates behavioral preferences at the work place as suppose to innate personality of an individual. Moreover this tool also incorporates a 360 degrees overview, where 4 colleagues can provide their perspectives of the individual and their scores are per-mutated with the self perception scoring done by the individual. A robust instrument that factors in your colleague’s overview if you choose to do so. The Belbin instrument administered on line can also cater to individual’s scoring only. 9 roles are described and they are as follows;

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Plant are creative, unorthodox and a generator of ideas. If an innovative solution to a problem is needed, a Plant is a good person to ask. A good plant will be bright and free-thinking. Plants can tend to ignore incidentals and refrain from getting bogged down into details. 

Resource Investigator
The Resource Investigator gives a team a rush of enthusiasm at the start of the project by vigorously pursuing contacts and opportunities. He or she is focused outside the team, and has a finger firmly on the pulse of the outside world. Where a Plant creates new ideas, a Resource Investigator will quite happily steal them from other companies or people.

A Coordinator often becomes the default chairperson of a team, stepping back to see the big picture. Coordinators are confident, stable and mature and because they recognize abilities in others, they are very good at delegating tasks to the right person for the job. The Coordinator clarifies decisions, helping everyone else focus on their tasks.

The shaper is a task-focused leader who abounds in nervous energy, who has a high motivation to achieve and for whom winning is the name of the game. The shaper is committed to achieving ends and will ‘shape’ others into achieving the aims of the team. He or she will challenge, argue or disagree and will display aggression in the pursuit of goal achievement. Two or three shapers in a group, according to Belbin, can lead to conflict, aggravation and in-fighting.

Monitor Evaluator
Monitor Evaluators are fair and logical observers and judges of what is going on. Because they are good at detaching themselves from bias, they are often the ones to see all available options with the greatest clarity. They take everything into account, and by moving slowly and analytically, will almost always come to the right decision.

A Teamworker is the greasy oil between the cogs that keeps the machine that is the team running. They are good listeners and diplomats, talented at smoothing over conflicts and helping parties understand each other without becoming confrontational. The beneficial effect of a Teamworker is often not noticed until they are absent.

The Implementer takes what the other roles have suggested or asked, and turns their ideas into positive action. They are efficient and self-disciplined, and can always be relied on to deliver on time. They are motivated by their loyalty to the team or company, which means that they will often take on jobs everyone else avoids or dislikes.

Completer Finisher
The Completer Finisher is a perfectionist and will often go the extra mile to make sure everything is “just right,” and the things he or she delivers can be trusted to have been double-checked and then checked again. The Completer Finisher has a strong inward sense of the need for accuracy, rarely needing any encouragement from others because that individual’s own high standards are what he or she tries to live up to.

Specialists are passionate about learning in their own particular field. As a result, they will have the greatest depth of knowledge, and enjoy imparting it to others. They are constantly improving their wisdom. If there is anything they do not know the answer to, they will happily go and find it. Specialists bring a high level of concentration, ability, and skill in their discipline to the team.

The assessment for using Belbin can be done the following ways, specifically, using the online portal, for which we will provide our clients with the password to access.

  • Self assessment ( by the individual only)
  • Team assessment, by the individual’s mentor, co-worker, supervisor or a former team member.

The assessment culminates with a detailed report that we will provide to you. A comprehensive report that is centred on your behavioural preferences at work, detailing both your strengths, allowable weakness, and your working style. Our training programs are designed in such a way that we will use experiential activities to detail the salient points that are described on the report. We have designed our very own Belbin Team card that we have used successfully with senior officers from both the MNC’s and government agencies in Singapore. Do contact us at +65 63152587, if you would like to engage a Belbin certified facilitator for your organization.