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Your Results are in!


Without further ado, seeing as the election is tomorrow, which Team Role behaviours do you see in Cameron, Clegg and Miliband?

Here are your results:

David Cameron:

Ed Miliband:

You have observed that Cameron and Miliband have similar top roles, Shaper and Resource Investigator:

Energetic, driven individuals, with an affinity for knowing how to react in fast-moving situations. With considerable outward-looking drive, they are well-placed to cope with pressure. They should be at their best when working in a busy environment, where they can make their mark by interacting with, and challenging, others.

However, their 3rd and 4th Team Roles differ.

You have seen some Co-ordinator - Specialist behaviour in Cameron - someone who is capable of taking a broad view of situations as well as being dedicated to his area of expertise. He is seen as a calm and mature individual to whom others can turn to for advice. Cameron is also seen as someone who can identify where others can best contribute and delegate accordingly.

This is in contrast to Miliband, where you have identified Specialist - Plant behaviour. You see Miliband as more of an ideas person - someone who has some sparks of creativity and originality and who can approach the problems from a fresh perspective.

Which Team Role behaviours do you see in Nick Clegg?

So, usefully, Clegg shows promise as a coalition partner with all the social Team Roles in his top three. His ability to work with people is one of his most salient characteristics. By adopting a consultative management style, he can produce results by winning the commitment of others.

Meredith Belbin usefully observed that: “All 3 leaders have Implementer as their weakest Team Role. It is a warning that the ideas of political leaders often fail to work out in practice.”

Only time will tell. And perhaps this is the golden opportunity for whoever is voted in on the 7th May, to form a balanced team, and ensure that the UK government is one team that succeeds, not fails!

Further information:

Further information can be found at, should you want to find out your Team Role preferences, and see how successful your team could be!

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