Predicting Team Success

Predicting Team Success

After nine years of research with management teams at Henley College, UK, Dr. Meredith Belbin realized that selecting teams according to commonly assessed traits—intelligence, for example, or personality type—was no guarantee of a team's success. He developed a list of nine skill sets that, when combined, made the difference between teams that achieved consistent success—and teams that struggled to meet expectations. These became known as Belbin Team Roles.

Using Team Role Theory over further tests, Belbin was able to predict the success of a team with an accuracy rate of 86%.

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   About the Author

Max is the CEO of Belbin North America. 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.