Dr. Meredith Belbin’s Team Roles Essay

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Dr. Meredith Belbin’s Team Roles

Biography of Dr. Meredith Belbin

Dr. Meredith Belbin received his first degree in Classics and
Psychology at Clare College in Cambridge. He obtained another degree for his doctoral dissertation on Old Workers in Industry. After completing his training at the Institute of Engineering Production at
Birmingham and Research Fellowship at Cranfield, Dr. Belbin became a management consultant of many industries.

When he came back to Cambridge, Dr. Belbin worked as a Chairman of the
Industrial Training Research Unit and Director of the Employment
Development Unit. Also, Dr. Belbin became the first lay member in
Cambridgeshire of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Panel on the
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His investigation involves managers taking psychometric tests and arranging them into teams. Each team was given a complex task, and
Belbin and his team began to monitor their performance. Each individual’s intellectual styles and behaviour were then identified, by Belbin and his team of research. These clusters of behaviour were named as:-

1. Action-Orientated Roles- Shaper, Implementer and Completer Finisher

2. People-Orientated Roles- Co-ordinator, Team Workers and Resource Investigators

3. Cerebral Roles- Plant, Monitor Evaluator and Specialist

Action-Orientated Roles




* Challenging, dynamic and thrives on pressure

* The drive and courage to overcome obstacles

* Prone to provocation

* Offends people’s feelings


* Disciplined, reliable, and efficient

* Turns ideas into practical actions

* Somewhat inflexible

* Slow to respond to new possibilities

Completer Finisher

* Painstaking, careful and anxious

* Searches out mistakes and omissions

* Delivers on time

* Inclined to worry excessively

* Unwilling to delegate

People-Oriented Roles




* Mature, confident, a good chairperson

* Explains goals, promotes decision-making, delegates well

* Can often be seen as manipulative

* Off loads personal work

Team Worker

* Co-operative, mild, perceptive and diplomatic


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