Belbin in Higher Education

The theory

Dr Meredith Belbin defines a ‘Team Role’ as one of nine clusters of behavioral attributes identified by his research at Henley as being effective in order to facilitate team progress.

Having a language and framework to understand the contributions needed to facilitate the success of a team is critical in organizations today.

This is why universities and business schools worldwide teach the Belbin theory, and use the Belbin reports.

They are giving their students education and skills they can hone and perfect in the classroom, and which they can use to full effect in the world of work.

How do students find out their Belbin strengths?

The only way to find out where your students’ Belbin Team Roles strengths (and weaknesses) lie is to ask them to complete the Belbin Self-Perception Inventory, and ideally to obtain feedback from others. 

The Self-Perception inventory is completed online and generates a Belbin Individual report. The report is full of insights and advice that students can use to encourage self-reflection and maximize learning opportunities offered by study groups and problem-based learning.

You can purchase the Belbin reports from us in a number of ways: as needed; or more cost-effectively, via annual licence. Get in touch so we can explore the best option for you, your department and your academic establishment.

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Lindsay Lalla

Lindsay Lalla is the VP of Marketing and Client Support for Belbin North America. Most recently, she has been spearheading the introduction of the Belbin Team Role methodology into North America. Lindsay is a skilled facilitator, and also runs the Belbin Accreditation classes where she certifies others in the Belbin method.
Lindsay’s formal education is in instruction and performance. Combined with her 17 years of adult education experience, she brings a depth of understanding in how to deliver the highly experiential workshops that are a hallmark of the Belbin North America approach to education and organizational development.

Patrick Ballin

Patrick offers more than 25 years of experience with some of the most successful businesses in Europe as a consultant, change manager and executive coach.

He has helped many well-known organisations to get their ideas and projects off the ground by working with business leaders and their teams to optimise interaction, strategy and execution.
Patrick was Global Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Development for The Body Shop, an international retailer of ethical health and beauty products, and managed its change programme across 52 countries. In 2009, he set up the national redundancy coaching service, Rework, for the UK industry charity, Retail Trust. Patrick spent his earlier career with ACWL Group, one of the pioneering UK Apple Centres, where he was a divisional Director.
He holds an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, is a Visiting Lecturer for Brighton Business School, a Fellow of the RSA and coach for social enterprise incubator On Purpose.

Max Isaac

Max is the CEO of 3Circle Partners. He brings a depth of knowledge and experience from his career in general management and consulting in North America, England, Europe and Asia.
Max has assisted CEOs and senior leaders within client organizations with the design and implementation of Interaction Planning processes, team based organizational development programs and Lean Six Sigma initiatives.
Prior to moving into the field of organizational development, Max was the CFO for the Retail Division within The Molson’s Organization, where he took a lead role in growing the business to over $1 billion in revenues, doubling its size in four years through acquisitions and internal growth.
Max is co-author of Close The Interaction Gap, The Third Circle – Interactions That Drive Results, Setting Teams Up for Success and A Guide to Team Roles. He is also the contributing author of the Organizational Change sections of Mike George’s books Lean Six Sigma published in May 2002 and Lean Six Sigma for Service published in June 2003. Max is a registered CPA, CA in Canada. His undergraduate degree was earned at Witwatersrand University, South Africa.