Aat Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills - Team Roles

Report 2 – Team Roles
Within any organisation you will find teams. Now this may be one large team, or it can be sub divided into lots of smaller teams (this can be dependent on industry type the size of business and other factors). Teamwork is essential in creating a successful business environment, to have lots of people striving towards a common goal, as the saying goes ‘two heads are better than one’.
The first thing to consider when creating a team is consider each other’s strengths and weaknesses, from this the team can build productive working relationships, build a mutual trust and understanding and also raise persona goals and achieve a greater effectiveness
Per the Mind Tool website (2) Raymond Meredith Belbin, a British researcher and lauded management theorist studied team work and theorised that by understanding your role within a particular team, you can develop your strengths and manage your weaknesses as a team member, and so improve how you contribute to the team.
He said that when creating a team, one must consider the different roles that will need to be fulfilled not only by one member of a team but at some points multiple. It is this overlapping of roles that gives a greater bond between team workers which in turn will lead to greater trust
Belbin stated that there are nine roles in total, split into three different groups (these are summarised below)
  * Action Orientated Roles
      * Shaper: People who occupy this role are usually challenging the team to improve itself. The people themselves can be considered extroverted people who question the standard way of approaching a situation and look for the best approach to solve a problem. This constant questioning means that there is less chance of complacency. They view challenges as exciting and see them as opportunities and take them head on rather than shying away or quitting on a project. Although they can be very argumentative, this can mean that they will have disagreements on...