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Thinking Roles (Plant, Monitor Evaluator, Specialist); Action-oriented Roles (Shaper, Implementer, Completer Finisher); People-oriented Roles (Coordinator, Team worker, Resource Investigator)
Belbin's team role categories

What part do you play?

We all work in teams or groups from time to time.

Think of a time when you have felt pleased about something you have accomplished as part of a team or similar group of people. This might be at work or in an educational setting, something to do with sport or leisure, or even a family activity. For example have you ever been involved in organising a wedding? It’s not something you can do on your own. Whatever the situation you have in mind, think about what you brought to the team that helped. Was it a talent for getting the best out of others, were you the one who spotted details that needed taking care of, or was your contribution more about coming up with ideas than carrying them out?

Now consider the team roles Belbin outlines that you learned about earlier. The nine roles can be simplified into three overall categories: thinking-oriented, action-oriented and people-oriented. Which category would you place yourself in with regard to the situation you thought of? Are you a thinker, a man or woman of action, or a people person?

Don’t forget that some people (including yourself) can carry out more than one role, and that some teams (depending on the task) do not need someone to carry out every role. But having a clear idea of what you can offer when working in a team can help you identify the kind of strengths you can talk about with confidence when networking.

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