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Powering up your team with Belbin Team Roles

Are you ready to kick-start this year by supercharging your team’s performance? Have you ever wondered why certain teams function more effectively than others, even if they comprise the same calibre of individuals? The secret lies not just in the skills and competencies of the team members, but in the roles they inherently adopt within a team setting.

Enter the world of Belbin Team Roles, a transformative framework developed by Dr. Meredith Belbin in 1970’s. This model provides a lens through which we can better understand the unique strengths and contributions of each team member. More importantly, it reveals how these roles can be harnessed to create a high-performing, well-balanced team.

As we embark on a new year, let’s explore how you can power up your team for unprecedented success with Belbin Team Roles. Ready to dive in?

Exploring Belbin Team Roles

When we think about roles within a team, our minds often leap to job titles or formal responsibilities. But what if we told you that the secret to a high-performing team lies not in these assigned roles, but in the natural roles individuals tend to adopt when part of a team?

This is the essence of Belbin Team Roles. Born out of extensive research, this model identifies nine key roles that individuals naturally gravitate towards in a team setting.

Belbin’s theory is that successful teams are made up of individuals with complementary strengths and weaknesses. By understanding each team member’s strengths and weaknesses, you can create a well-rounded team that is capable of achieving great things. Meredith Belbin’s research showed that the most successful teams were made up of a diverse mix of behaviours. To build high-performing teams, we need to represent each of the nine Belbin Team Role behaviours at the appropriate times.

What’s fascinating about these roles is that they aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, many of us may find that we adopt multiple roles to varying degrees depending on the situation. This fluidity makes the model even more powerful as it allows for adaptability within teams.

As a fun exercise, take note of which roles resonate with you as we explore these nine roles:

Belbin Plant


The Plant is the creative force on the team. They are the ones who come up with the new ideas and are always thinking outside the box. Plants are often very good at problem-solving and can see things from a different perspective. However, they can also be quite disorganized and may need help to turn their ideas into reality.

Monitor-Evaluator Belbin


The Monitor-Evaluator is the critical thinker on the team. They are very good at seeing both the positive and negative sides of an idea and can help the team to make informed decisions. Monitor-Evaluators can be quite skeptical and may need some convincing before they will support a new idea.



The Coordinator is the team leader. They are good at keeping everyone on track and making sure that the team is working towards its goals. Coordinators can be quite bossy and may need to learn to delegate tasks to other members of the team.



The Shaper is the motivator on the team. They are always looking for ways to challenge themselves and their teammates. Shapers can be quite impulsive and may need to learn to think before they act.



The Implementer is the one who turns ideas into reality. They are very practical and have a lot of common sense. Implementers can be quite inflexible and may need to learn to be more open to new ideas.

Teamworker Belbin


The Teamworker is the one who keeps the team working together. They are very good at communication and always put the needs of the team ahead of their own. Teamworkers can be quite indecisive and may need to learn to make decisions for themselves.



The Completer-Finisher is the one who makes sure that all the details are taken care of. They are very good at paying attention to detail and have a lot of patience. Completer-Finishers can be quite perfectionists and may need to learn to let go of things that are not perfect.

Resource Investigator Belbin

Resource Investigator

The Resource Investigator is the one who is always looking for new opportunities. They are very good at networking and can help the team to find new resources. Resource Investigators can be quite impulsive and may need to learn to think before they act.

Specialist Belbin


The Specialist is the one who is an expert in their field. They are very good at what they do and can help the team to achieve its goals. Specialists can be quite inflexible and may need to learn to be more open to new ideas.

Recognising these roles within ourselves is the first step towards building a more effective team.


“The types of behaviour in which people engage are infinite. But the range of useful behaviours, which make an effective contribution to team performance, is finite. These behaviours are grouped into a set number of related clusters, to which the term ‘Team Role’ is applied.”

Meredith Belbin | Team Roles at Work

What to Expect from a Belbin Workshop

Are you curious about how the Belbin behavioural profiling process unfolds? Well, it all begins with a comprehensive survey. Every team member takes part in this step, delving into their preferences and tendencies across various scenarios. Have you ever wondered what your unique strengths and weaknesses are? This is where you find out.

Once all the data is gathered and analysed, each participant receives a profile that encapsulates their unique strengths and weaknesses. Are you someone who thrives on generating fresh ideas? You might find yourself designated as an “Innovator.” Or if you’re the type who keeps everything organised and running smoothly, you could be identified as a “Coordinator.”

The beauty of the Belbin profiling process is that it extends beyond self-perception. Ever wondered how others perceive your strengths? The process uses a 360-degree feedback system to gather insights from your peers, providing a well-rounded view of on your own self perception.

Now, imagine having a clear, concise profile that not only outlines your strengths but also highlights your value within a team. That’s what you get with the Belbin behaviour profile.

The real power of this tool lies in its ability for identifying who you need on which team to get a specific outcome in the fastest possible time frame and with the right amount of people.

That is such an important statement, I want to highlight a few key phrases…

It’s an incredibly effective tool for identifying ‘who you need’ ‘on which team’ ‘to get a specific outcome’ ‘in the fastest possible time frame’ and ‘with the right amount of people’.

In a Belbin behavioural profiling workshop, you’ll gain the knowledge needed to maximise everyone’s strengths for a more effective team. It’s a chance to appreciate not only what you bring to the team but also what your teammates value about you.

Despite being grounded on solid scientific principles, the Belbin model is designed for simplicity. It uses straightforward language and easily understood symbols, making it simple to remember how to apply your strengths within the team and build your self-confidence.

It’s important to clarify that this profiling approach doesn’t judge—it enlightens. Have you ever felt boxed in by labels of ‘good’ or ‘bad’? With Belbin, it’s not about that. It’s all about finding the right ‘fit’ for a role in the context of your own career or business.

By understanding each team member’s Belbin Team Role, you can help build a high-performing team. Imagine a workspace where everyone is aware of their strengths and weaknesses, working together effectively to maximise everyone’s talents for the benefit of the team.


Belbin Team Roles

The Benefits of Applying Belbin Team Roles in the Workplace

Understanding and leveraging the Belbin Team Roles can provide a wealth of benefits in the workplace. It will help with the recruitment of staff, building emotional and social intelligence, the ability to give and receive robust feedback, and identifying what creates an effective team within your own unique workplace culture. Here are some of the key benefits:

1. Enhanced Team Performance:

A team that encompasses all nine Belbin roles is often more effective, being able to handle a variety of situations and challenges. This balance can significantly enhance overall team performance.

2. Improved Communication

Understanding each other’s natural roles can foster better communication within the team. It can help clarify expectations, reduce misunderstandings, and promote more open and constructive discussions.

3. Greater Self-Awareness:

Recognising one’s own role can lead to greater self-awareness, helping individuals understand their strengths and weaknesses better. This can be a powerful tool for personal development and growth.

4. Conflict Resolution:

By understanding the different roles within a team, it becomes easier to navigate conflicts. Team members can appreciate where others are coming from and find more effective ways to resolve disagreements.

5. Increased Engagement:

When team members feel valued for their unique contributions, it can increase their engagement and job satisfaction. This can lead to lower turnover and a more motivated, committed team.

6. Better Decision Making:

A balanced team, with its diverse perspectives and approaches, can lead to more robust decision-making processes. This can result in more innovative solutions and better outcomes.

Utilising the Belbin Team Roles isn’t just about building a balanced team; it’s about creating a positive workplace culture where everyone feels valued and understood.

Final Thoughts

While the concept may seem simple, its application requires insight and finesse.

That’s where we come in!

Our workshops are designed to help you and your team explore the Belbin model in depth, providing you with the tools and understanding you need to apply it effectively in your workplace. If you’re ready to unlock the power of Belbin Team Roles and transform your team’s performance, we invite you to get in touch with us. Your journey towards a more effective and harmonious team begins here.