According to Belbin, the definition of teamrole means “a tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with othersin a particular way” (Belbin.com, 2017). An important aspect of work in a group is productivity.
Every team member takes on different responsibilities in the group to achievethe common goal. Belbin’s research identifies that is nine team roles, andevery team role has characteristic strengths and weaknesses.Those roles categorized into three groups:action oriented which are: shaper, implementer, and completer-finisher;people-oriented which are: coordinator, team worker, and resource investigator;and thought oriented which are a plant, monitor-evaluator, and specialist(Appendix 1). However, a team does not need to consist of nine people withdifferent roles to be a perfect team, as people have a mix of roles.In the class, I completed the Belbin Team RoleInventory and my results showed that I am an implementer and a specialist.
Theimplementer is the practical organizer who gets things done by takes team’sidea into positive actions. However, they can be too conservative to new ideas.Specialists are dedicated people in a group who provide specialist knowledgeand skills but may have only known in a specific field.
It helps me to learnabout my strengths and I can manage my weaknesses after I did the test. An example worth mentioning is the firstassignment in the group at the beginning of the academic year, where we have todo the presentation. On our first group meeting, we shared the work betweenfive people and we were discussing the task. The problems began when one of themembers a ‘plant’ did not send any e-mail and he stopped working at the next meetingbecause ‘plants’ prefer to work alone. The other two members ‘shaper’ and’coordinator’ gave out their ideas, but they both want to be leaders, soconflict was unavoidable.
Another student represents a ‘team worker’ expressedhis opinions and I thought was great. The main problem was who will be a leader inour team and what if the second person will fell unsatisfied. My work as animplementer was to turn ideas into practical actions and I tried to convincethe shaper and coordinator to modify their ideas to make the final planaccepted by all team members.
We finished the presentation as a team but madesome mistakes. I think that we allocated tasks in the wrong way to teammembers. Tuckman and Jensen (1977) as cited by Tubbs (2017) can help me betterunderstand various problems at different stages of team development. A grouppasses through five phases of development as forming, storming, norming,performing and adjourning (Tuckman and Jensen, 1977).
Next time we shouldallocate tasks to the group according to Belbin’s theory because people aremore motivated if they working in the way that is natural to them. By doing theBelbin Team Role Inventory and after this teamwork experience I know my role ina team and I know how to position myself in the next teamwork.Good teamwork plays a vital role and can be aneffective way to learn and is also very important in the workplace. Byidentified different roles in the team, I learn that all roles having differentstrengths and weaknesses. This exercise helps me to better understand teamworkand group formation.