Selecting the right team members is the first step to a successful project. As a department head or project manager, you need to possess this vital skill, and therefore must know your employees well. Take advantage of the mix of your employees’ psychological traits and characteristics and form a balanced and interdependent team. According to Meredith Belbin, a British researcher and management theorist, most successful projects have one thing in common: they all cover nine team roles. These nine roles can be grouped into three categories: thought-oriented roles, action-oriented roles, and people-oriented roles. Market Inspector UK created an infographic that illustrates these nine roles, and their strengths and allowable weaknesses. While all nine roles must be covered, Belbin says that one person can usually cover 2-3 roles, therefore it’s not imperative that your team has nine people in it. The fundamental requirement for a successful project is that all individual team members bring something unique to the table, and that their skills and traits are complementary. This will lead to a balanced and harmonious team that works together in an efficient way and will drive success.
Infographic Source: https://www.market-inspector.co.uk/blog/2017/09/maximise-your-projects-success