As people work together more and more, although often for a short amount of time, it is important to know what kind of role you take in a group. To help you searching for your role, Meredith Belbin put up the Team Role Theory.
A team is not a bunch of people with job titles, but a congregation of individuals, each of whom has a role which is understood by other members. Members of a team seek out certain roles and they perform most effectively in the ones that are most natural to them.
Belbin Team Roles are used to identify people’s behavioural strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. This information can be used to:
- Build productive working relationships
- Select and develop high-performing teams
- Raise self-awareness and personal effectiveness
- Build mutual trust and understanding
- Aid recruitment processes
The theory says that in order to be/create a successful team, all of these roles must be present in the group. Some roles are compatible and can be more easily fulfilled by the same person; some are less compatible and are likely to be done well by people with different behavioural clusters.
Test it yourself
Interested in your role within a group? You can test it here.
When I did the test there were 2 roles with the same score:
The explorer is generally an extrovert by nature. He or she is cheerful, gregarious. The explorer is also investigative, interested and curious about things. Because explorers like to improvise and communicate with others, they will have little problem presenting ideas to the team and developing new contacts.
The driver is generally very ambitious and energetic. He or she may appear as impatient and impulsive. The driver is a strong motivator and will challenge others at crucial times. Although the actions of the driver may sometimes seem somewhat emotional, they do play a crucial role in pushing the team forward to succeed.
If you think about your life and the role you might have in groups (family, friends, work) there can be a lot of difference (which is the point in my case). This has also to do which role you TOOK and at what part in your life you did that. Although the test was build for professionals, I personally think it is also correct on your social life.
What was your role? And what do you think?