Ever been frustrated as part of a “team” that doesn’t really function as a team?

Effective teamwork can boost productivity and satisfaction. But how do you create effective teams? And how do you manage a team that isn’t performing well despite competent, qualified people? Or take action when team spirit is jeopardized by difficult working relationships?

These are the questions underlying Belbin Team Role theory, which developed from Meredith Belbin’s research into the factors that make teams succeed or fail.

What are Belbin Team Roles?

Belbin and his colleagues identified nine clusters of behaviour (Team Roles) that contribute to a team’s effectiveness — beyond the common criteria used for selecting teams, like subject matter expertise, intellect or position within the company.

Each of us has a set of preferred Roles that harness our natural talents. It is the mix and complementarity of these different Roles within a team that are a primary determinant of team effectiveness.


The Belbin approach is now used worldwide by thousands of organizations in both public and private sectors for:

  • Raising self-awareness and personal effectiveness.
  • Building and maintaining high-performing teams where team members use their strengths to advantage.
  • Fostering trust and mutual respect among team members.
  • Catalysing productive working relationships.
  • Matching people to jobs and adapting jobs to people.

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Belbin Team Roles — a powerful and internationally renowned approach for increasing personal and team effectiveness