Team Roles

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Team Roles

Building a team requires considered thought. By choosing team members that are

Capable to do his or her work accordingly. All strong organizations struggle to find

select role players to maximize goal achievement.

According to Meredith Belbin (1993), there are nine roles that successful teams

should have: Coordinator, Shaper, Plant, Resource investigator, Implementer, Team

worker, Completer, Monitor evaluator, Specialist (Belbin ,1993).

Meredith Belbin (1993) coordinator is the one who will have a clear view of the

team objectives and will be skilled at inviting the contribution of team members in

achieving these, rather than just pushing his or her own view. This person must have

self-discipline and applies to the team and must be confident and mature, and will

summarise the view of the group and will be prepared to take a decision on the basis of

this (Belbin ,1993). The second role is the shaper, who is full of drive to make things

happen and get things going. In doing this, they are quite happy to push their own views

forward, do not mind being challenged and are always ready to challenge others. Looks

for the pattern in discussions and tries to pull things together into something feasible

which the team can then get to work on (Belbin ,1993).The third role is the plant this

member is the one who is likely to come out with the Original ideas and challenge the

traditional way of thinking about things. Sometimes they Become so imaginative and

creative that the team cannot see the relevance of what they saying. However, with out

the plant to scatter the seeds of new ideas the team will often find it difficult to make

any headway. The plant's strength is in providing major new insights and ideas for

changes in direction and not in contributing to the detail of what needs to be done

(Belbin ,1993).The fourth role is the resource investigator is the one who have the

strongest contacts and networks, and is excellent at bringing in information and support

from the outside. This member can be very enthusiastic in pursuit of the team's goals,

but cannot always sustain this enthusiasm (Belbin, 1993). Fifth role is the Implementer

who is a company worker is well organized and effective at turning big ideas into

manageable tasks and plans that can be achieved. Such individuals are both logical and

disciplined in their approach. They are hardworking and methodical but may have some

difficulty in being flexible (Belbin, 1993). Sixth role is the team worker is the one who is

most aware of the others in the team, their needs and their concerns. They are sensitive

and supportive of other people's efforts, and try to promote harmony and reduce conflict.

This role is very important when team is experiencing a stressful or difficult period

(Belbin ,1993). Seventh role is the completer is the one who drives the deadlines and

makes sure they are achieved. Communicates a sense of urgency which galvanises other

team members into action. They are conscientious and effective at checking the details,

which is a vital contribution, but sometimes get ‘bogged down' in them (Belbin, 1993).

Monitor evaluator is good at seeing all the options and have a strategic perspective and

can judge situations accurately. The monitor evaluator can be overcritical and is not

usually good at inspiring and encouraging others (Belbin, 1993).Specialist is the one who

provides specialist skills and knowledge and has a dedicated and single-minded approach.

They can adopt a very narrow perspective and sometimes Fail to see the whole picture

(Belbin, 1993).

NYS Governor's office of employee relations (2003) there are five key team

roles, leader, facilitator, recorder, timekeeper, team member. Anonymous (2003) team

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