Meredith Belbin

Team roles


Belbin first began studying the theory at Henley Management College in the 1970s. The Belbin Team Inventory first appeared in Belbin's book Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail in 1981.

Main points of the theory

- There are nine different team roles to be allocated in a team

- Individuals form productive working relationships

  • - To select and develop high-performing teams
  • - To raise self-awareness and increase personal effectiveness
  • - To identify talent in the workplace
  • Explanation of main points

    Action Oriented Roles

    Shaper - Challenges the team to improve.

    Implementer - Puts ideas into action.

    Completer Finisher - Ensures thorough, timely completion.

    People Oriented Roles

    Coordinator - Acts as a chairperson, takes lead.

    Team Worker - Encourages cooperation.

    Resource Investigator - Explores outside opportunities.

    Thought Oriented Roles

    Plant - Presents new ideas and approaches.

    Monitor/Evaluator - Analyzes the options.

    Specialist - Provides specialized skills.


    Allocating roles

    Roles are allocated to people that bests suits their personality or temperament. They are also given to people because a particular member wants the specific role or if they feel more comfortable.

    Appled to my event

    Belbin can be applied to my event because we needed to decide on who best suits what role. For example if someone isnt very good working in a team then you wouldnt give them a role which involves talking to a team.