By Gabriele Bammer
What is the range of roles that members of a team need to cover in order for the team to be effective? What strengths and weaknesses are associated with each role?
Teamwork is common in research on complex societal and environmental problems. The Belbin team roles identify nine clusters of skills that need to be included within a team for it to be most effective. An individual can bring more than one cluster of skills to the team, with most people having two or three Belbin team roles that they are comfortable with.
Each of the nine roles described below is considered to be equally important and each has strengths and weaknesses. Different roles are likely to be required at different times during a team’s work.
These team members use their inquisitive nature to find ideas to bring back to the team.