Discover Your Team Member Roles and Use Them to Build Winning Teams
Each person has a preferred way, or ways, of working within a team.
A team role is “a tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way”. Team Roles describe the behaviour that we can recognize when we work together with others. Each team role is actually a strategy in dealing with work and with colleagues.
The team roles consist of three categories:
Action-oriented roles, which include shaper, implementer and completer/finisher roles;
People-oriented roles, which include coordinator, team worker and resource Investigator roles;
Thought-oriented roles, which include plant, monitor-evaluator and specialist roles.
By selecting team members based on their natural roles, you can create more balanced teams. Also, a team’s understanding of the roles can lead to greater recognition of what each team member brings to the table and in turn decrease conflict due to a lack of understanding.