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.