Belbin Team Role

Belbin Team Roles are used to identify people’s behavioural strengths and weaknesses in theworkplace. This information can be used to:

  • Build productive working relationships
  • Select and develop high-performing teams
  • Raise self-awareness and personal effectiveness
  • Build mutual trust and understanding
  • Aid recruitment processes

Belbin Team Roles measure behaviour, not personality, and so can be defined as:

“A tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way.”
Dr. Meredith Belbin

The Team Roles that Meredith Belbin identified are used widely in thousands of organizations all over the world today. By identifying our Team Roles, we can ensure that we use our strengths to advantage and that we manage our weaknesses as best we can. Sometimes, this means being aware of the pitfalls and making an effort to avoid them.

BALANCE is key

During his research, Meredith found that each of the behaviours were essential in getting the team successfully from start to finish. The key was balance. For example, Meredith Belbin found that a team with no Plants struggled to come up with the initial spark of an idea with which to push forward. However, once too many Plants were in the team, bad ideas concealed good ones and non-starters were given too much airtime. Similarly, with no Shaper, the team ambled along without drive and direction, missing deadlines. With too many Shapers, in-fighting began and morale was lowered.