There are many roles that people perform in teams. Some of these relate to helping the team perform its tasks. Others relate to maintaining the team and relationships among members.
Finally, there are dysfunctional roles that may hinder the team; behavior is directed toward personal rather than team needs. Below is a list and brief description of different roles and functions performed in teams. Read each description and choose one person in the team who fits this description. In other words, based upon your perception of the team, who performs each function or role? A person may be nominated for more than one role, and you may nominate yourself.
TEAM TASK ROLES
INITIATOR/CONTRIBUTORproposes goals, new ideas, and solutions; defines problems;
suggests procedures; points out benefits
INFORMATION GIVERoffers facts and relevant information or experience
OPINION GIVERstates belief about alternatives; focuses on values rather
INFORMATION SEEKERseeks clarification of suggestions based on facts relevant to
OPINION SEEKERasks for clarification of values which the group holds in
relation to the problem
COORDINATORclarifies the various suggestions, ideas, and opinions and
SUMMARIZERsummarizes and restates back to the team; draw member's
activities together; offers conclusions
CLARIFIER/ELABORATORinterprets; gives examples; defines terms; clears up
confusion or ambiguity
EVALUATORsubjects the team's activity to some criterion, for example,
practicality, logic, etc.
ORIENTORtries to show the team the position it is now taking and may
raise questions about its direction
PROCEDURAL TECHNICIANperforms routine tasks for the group such as
ENERGIZERstimulates the group to action leading to closure
TEAM MAINTENANCE ROLES
ENCOURAGERpraises good points, exhibits acceptance (the "we"...