Belbins Team Roles Model is one of the more famous teamwork theories.
Here we share some thoughts from a renowned corporate pyschologist on its relevance, plus you can find out more about the nine team member roles in Belbins model.
The Belbin Model is a robust and highly effective concept on teamwork that is the product of many years of research.
British psychologist Dr Meredith Belbin worked to achieve a coherent and accurate system that explains individual behaviour and its influence on team success.
The article below is provided courtesy of Sabre HQ, a team building company with offices in Australia, USA, New Zealand and the Middle East. Sabre HQ collaborate with Dr David Marriott (a colleague of Belbin and an expert on his work) to offer their clients detailed team role profiling and reporting for corporate teams and managers.
In my experience there are few organisations in any field of work where the major decisions are made by one person.
Rather the running of any successful operation necessitates the collaboration of a team of people from different backgrounds and with unique personality and thinking styles, who interact as peers, pooling their ideas, judgement and plans.
The success of their endeavours hinges on the behaviour, talents, balance and cohesion of this management team.
The work of Dr Meredith Belbin is a significant contribution to our understanding of how human organisations work, and how to make them work better.
Over a seven year period a team of psychologists, under his direction, assessed individual managers from all over the world. Their different personality traits, intellectual abilities and behaviour during a variety of management assignments were carefully evaluated.
Results of this research showed that there are a finite number of Management Styles or Team Roles, and that these Team Roles comprise certain patterns of related behaviour which can be adopted naturally by the various personality types found in organisations.
The accurate delineation of these Team Roles is critical to the study of management team effectiveness.
So what are the nine roles that Belbin identified?
Belbins team roles cover the types of individual behaviour at work in a team. But how can they be used to build teamwork and contribute to team success?
There are two important elements in Belbin's analysis:
Many of us have seen that “Nobody's Perfect - But A Team Can Be” and we have seen a team produce a quality and quantity of work far higher than the sum of what the separate members could have produced on their own.
It follows that in organisations where priority is given to the selection, training and development of teams, to their psychology, motivation and composition, these organisations will out-perform those in which teams are composed merely according to the functional roles that are needed.
The people in an organisation are its most important resource.
Reliable, wide ranging information about their behaviour will be the key to successful enterprise leadership in the 21st century.
Using Belbins team roles model with its nine different patterns of behaviour provides an excellent means of assessing and predicting both individual and team performance, building perfect teams and a means of matching people to people and people to jobs.
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