Unit10 Lead and Manage a Team

UNIT   510
Element 1
The staff team and staff members roles change as the team itself develops due to changes in policy, staff leaving/recruitment or changing demands of service users.   However the basic roll a staff member plays within the team will not alter greatly.   As identified by Dr Meredith Belbin there are eight basic roles which if present in a team will give it the best chance for success.   In a recent staff meeting these roles were explored and staff identified themselves and their colleagues within these eight roles.   Most staff members agreed with the basic role types and could see their strengths identified within these roles.   A couple of staff members felt that they fitted into more than one role and some felt that the boundaries were not as clear cut as Dr Belbin had suggested.   Overall the exercise was well received and encouraged staff members to realise their strengths and those of their colleagues.   Some of the roles such as the shaper   and finisher were not present in the team and the lack of skills in these areas leaves the team vulnerable to underachieving or not staying on task.   It was discussed that designated staff members could take on these roles with the support of the manager to ensure the team had a balanced approach to tasks.   This was agreed and is to be trialled.
The management of a team will have a great impact on its development and performance.   A good manager will know their teams strengths and weaknesses . Managers must recognize that they play a central role in effective team building. However, to be successful, managers require a framework to guide their activities.  
Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
(Henry Ford)
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