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1Why Belbins team roles First time we have met with Belbins team roles concept during our companys workshops done few months age by Gdanska Fundacja Ksztalcenia Menadzerow GFKM This association was first one in Poland that in 1995 started to use this concept within practical business environment Among various of different assessments and tests which were presented Belbins theory gave the impression of being very functional especially in our current situation when we were promoted to leadership positions and we have to lead the teams of at this time anonymous for us people At the same time this model is not to complicated so it can be used without any sophisticated analyses 2What is it Belbins team role theory During a period of over nine years Meredith Belbin and his team of researchers based at Henley Management College England studied the behavior of managers from all over the world Managers was observed during a training course provided by this college Their different core personality traits intellectual styles and behaviors were assessed during the exercise As time progressed different clusters of behavior were identified as underlying the success of the teams First of all a team role was defined by Dr Meredith Belbin as A tendency to behave contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way and nine general team roles were described Action oriented roles Sharper Implementer and Completer Finisher People-oriented roles Coordinator Teamworker and Resource Investigator Cerebral roles Plant Monitor Evaluator and Specialist Table 1 Belbins nine team roles with description Team RolesDescriptionsAllowable Weakness PLANT PLCreative imaginative unorthodox Solves difficult problemsIgnores incidentals Too pre-occupied to communicate effectively CO-ORDINATOR COMature confident a good chairperson Clarifies goals promotes decision-making delegates wellCan often be seen as manipulative Off loads personal work MONITOR EVALUATOR MESober strategic and discerning Sees all options Judges accuratelyLacks drive and ability to inspire others IMPLEMENTER IMPDisciplined reliable conservative and efficient Turns ideas into practical actionsSomewhat inflexible
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