You will be asked to work in a group or do a group assignment while you are at University. This is because group skills are considered essential in the workplace. You may become anxious because your assignment mark is dependent on other group members; however, people working together can produce a stronger result. You will learn about different ways to do things by working with other students. You will also learn about yourself.
There are different behaviours required within a team for successful outcomes. Each person will have strengths and weaknesses in different areas. The trick is utilising the strengths, allowing for weaknesses, and planning to cover for them. For example, allow a creative thinker to think imaginatively, but accept that they may not worry about smaller details, so make sure you have someone who is good at details.
Belbin suggests there are 9 team roles that need to be covered at one time or another by your team, however large it is. You need to know yourself and recognise strengths in others.
Which of the following could describe you? Select three and enter your answer in the box below.
Focus on bringing out the best in yourself and bringing out the best in others. This is the key to getting the most out of your team effort.