Why do some teams work together better that others?

This question is often asked and is often debated at length. Is it...

  • due to the collective years of experience in the team?

  • down to the calibre of its manager?

  • because of the length of time in the job?

  • just a matter of chance?

There is of course a chance that any of the above answers could contribute to a teams' success however this is such an important question for any business that it deserves more than just alternatives question to be answered. Back in the early 1970s at Henley Management College in the UK a team of managers gathered together to consider this question in the presence of Dr Meredith Belbin.  Here he is to explain:-


Dr Meredith Belbin, Researcher

Raymond Meredith Belbin is a British researcher and management theorist best known for his work on management teams. He is visiting professor and Honorary Fellow of Henley Management College in Oxfordshire, England. As part of his early researches he introduced Belbin Team Roles that now form part of the analysis of how individuals and teams work together .

Belbin Team Roles is the language of teams, enabling individuals to be able to project and talk about their behavioural strengths in a productive, safe and non-confrontational way.


By using Belbin, individuals have a greater self-understanding of their strengths, which leads to more effective communication between colleagues and managers. Great teams can be put together, existing teams can be understood and improved, and everyone can feel that they are making a difference in the workplace.

Why Use Belbin?

Belbin Team Roles are used to identify behavioural strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. Whether developing people, resolving conflict or fine-tuning high performance, Belbin provides the language to ensure that individuals and teams communicate and work together with greater understanding.

Are you a busy Team Leader always short of time?

Would you like to bring out the best in the individuals who work for you?

If you answered 'yes' to both questions - we may have the solution for you:

  • ​select the individuals in question, that you feel could work harder and possibly better, as part of your team

  • get them to fill in a Belbin online questionnaire with their name and email address and ask them to select ideally 4-6 fellow team members with their contact details

  • before you can say 'hey presto' each individual will receive an online report and video which will give them lots of food for thought

  • when you have say 10 or so members of the team who have identified their preferred team roles, you as leader, might think about a Team Roles report, once again all completed online. Interested? Then read on...

Team Roles


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Team Roles

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The Nine Belbin Team Roles

Belbin have identified nine different clusters of behaviour that are displayed in the workplace. These are called the nine Belbin Team Roles.

We are very pleased to be working with Belbin to bring you their products to the Middle East. All imagery/films/materials on these Belbin pages have been reproduced with kind permission from Belbin, UK -



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