The 9 Team Roles

In 1969 Dr Meredith Belbin began a 9 year study of team behaviour at Henley Management College. The results of this study showed that the most successful teams were made up of a diverse mix of behaviours.

Dr Belbin and his team discovered that there are nine clusters of behaviour – these were called ‘Team Roles’.

Each Team Role has its strengths and weaknesses, and each has equal importance. Most people will have two or three Team Roles that they are most comfortable with, and this can change over time. Team Roles are not about putting people into boxes.

Belbin GetSet helps young people to find out their Team Role preferences. By completing an online questionnaire they are given a report in a workbook where they find information about their Team Role preferences and associated strengths.

The 9 Team Roles:



More detail on the 9 Team Roles can be found here


Understanding the Team Role preferences of individuals has many benefits, these include:

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Confidence of contribution
  • Improved team working
  • Understanding the strengths of others
  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved interview skills
  • Improved confidence


If you would like to find out more about Belbin GetSet get in touch with the team on +64 (021) 842 893 or email

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