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Your team role preferences

Your team role preferences

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This model explores your preferred team roles based on nine categories to help you understand the dynamics of team roles and collaborative project interactions. Having an insight into your team role preferences is important in today's globalised learning and professional world. Dr Meredith Belbin Opens in a new window defines a team role as:

'A tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way.'

Why would you want to know your team role preferences?

  • to understand more about team dynamics and develop effective team interactions
  • to increase your team project effectiveness
  • to project your best team roles
  • to strengthen your graduate attributes which are keenly sought by employers.

Belbin has suggested that there are 9 team roles Opens in a new window based on observations of team managers from around the world which he classifies into three categories.

  1. Action-oriented roles:
    • shaper
    • implementer
    • completer or finisher.
  2. People-oriented roles:
    • co-ordinator
    • teamworker
    • resource investigator.
  3. Cerebral roles:
    • plant
    • monitor-evaluator
    • specialist.

Shaper: thrives on pressure, loves challenges and overcomes obstacles.

Implementer: efficient, converts ideas into action.

Completer (finisher): delivers targets on time, meticulous attention to detail.

Co-ordinator: leads, sets goals, is decisive, delegates tasks.
Team worker: diplomatic, co-operates, listens and averts friction.
Resource investigator: loves to explore opportunities, make contacts and find resources.
Plant: creative ideas generator, imaginative.
Monitor-evaluator: strategic and evaluates and gives discerning judgment, networking, enthusiastic communicator.
Specialist: focused, self-motivator, dedicated, tends to have exquisite specialised skills.
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