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Dr Meredith Belbin - Team Roles

Born 1926

Dr Meredith Belbin is a widely respected expert and adviser on organisations and teams. He is best known for his team-role theory enabling better understanding of the roles played by team members and how team interactions can be adjusted to increase team effectiveness.

The Belbin Team-Role Theory

The team–role theory was based on extensive research and observation of managers. From this, 9 successful clusters of behaviour were identified.

3 Action oriented team roles – Shaper, Implementer and Completer Finisher

3 People oriented team roles – Co-ordinator, Teamworker and Resource Investigator

3 Cerebral oriented team roles – Plant, Monitor Evaluator and Specialist.

By using Belbin’s questionnaires or specialised software, team’s can find out their behavioural tendencies and adjust roles, behaviours or members accordingly.

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By Lyndsay Swinton
Owner, Management for the Rest of Us

Citation Information: Swinton, Lyndsay. "Dr Meredith Belbin - Team Roles." December 2004. < >.

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