Belbin and Star Trek
Of course, good team behaviour requires development and monitoring and it may be
useful to firstly ascertain what your most appropriate role is within a team. Meredith
Belbin from the Industrial Training Research Unit at Cambridge developed an
understanding of how teams work and identified a number of roles which appear
below. One way of using these is to recognise the one that most describes you
currently and use this awareness to help your team. You might also like to identify
the role that seems least applicable to you and consider how you might rectify
any apparent weakness in relation to working in a team. Don't forget though, that as
you develop, other roles may become more pertinent to your individual profile.
Once you have examined the grid and considered your own role, see how competent
you are at identifying the roles of others by applying the criteria to another famous
team...The Next Generation
A source of good ideas for the
group. Intellectually dominant &
imaginative but introverted.
Popular, sociable, extrovert &
relaxed. A source of new contacts
but not an originator.
Introduces ideas from
Extrovert & passionate about the
task. Highly strung & dominant
Shaping roles/ objectives.
Pushing group towards
Analytically intelligent. Dissects
ideas/spots flaws. Possibly aloof
Analyses situations &
contributions of others
COORDINATOR Balanced, disciplined& good at
working through others.
establishes roles, sums up
Practical organiser, schedules/
plans ideas into tasks. Strong
Transforms discussion into
TEAM WORKER Supportive, diplomatic &
understanding. Popular but non
competitive. Concerned with team
Support others. Seconding
ideas of others. Including