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Key MBA Models by Dr. Julian Birkinshaw, Ken Mark

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Managing work groups: Belbin team roles

These days, many people work in teams. Teams can be very productive, because they allow people with different skills to work together in creative ways, but they can also be highly dysfunctional. Figuring out what makes teams effective is therefore important, and a key part of this is to understand the different roles individuals play in teams. The ‘Belbin Team Inventory’ is a well-known personality test that measures your preference towards nine different roles you can play in a team.

When to use it

  • To build productive working relationships in teams.
  • To improve your own self-awareness, in terms of the roles you typically play in a team context.
  • To build and develop high-performing teams.

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