Belbin Team Roles are used to identify people's behavioural strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. This information can be used to:
- Build productive working relationships
- Select and develop high-performing teams
- Raise self-awareness and personal effectiveness
- Build mutual trust and understanding
- Aid recruitment processes
The Nine Team Roles that Meredith Belbin identified are used widely in thousands of organisations all over the world; by identifying individual's Team Roles, we can ensure that these strengths are used to their advantage and additionally allow us to manage our weaknesses as best we can. Some of the roles are:
IMPLEMENTER (IMP) - Implementers are needed to plan a practical, workable strategy and carry it out as efficiently as possible.
TEAMWORKER (TW) - Team workers help the team to gel, using their versatility to assist the team to work as a unit.
SPECIALIST (SP) - It was only after the initial research had been completed that the ninth Team Role; Specialist emerged. The value of an individual with in-depth knowledge of a key area came to be recognised as yet another essential team contributor.