Building Effective Teams with Belbin

Course Overview

This one day course combines a theoretical overview of Belbin Team Roles with hands-on team building exercises (solving escape room puzzles) to enable your team to maximise its potential.

The team will learn from their efforts to solve a challenging (but fun) escape room, using Belbin Team Roles theory to guide their learning. They will then put their learning into practice with a second escape room challenge.

The escape rooms have been designed by Escape Rooms Cheltenham to specifically draw out the diversity of Belbin Team Roles.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, each team member will:

  • Understand how Belbin Team Roles theory can be used to build their team

  • Understand their own Team Role tendencies and how to use them effectively to contribute to the success of the team

  • Understand how to utilise team strengths to improve the performance of their team

  • Be able to work more effectively as a team

Course Outline

What to expect from the workshop and escape room
Escape Room Team Challenge 1
Can your team work together to solve the puzzles and escape the room in time
Tea Break
Introduction to Team Roles
Overview of Belbin. What are the nine Belbin Team Roles? How were they discovered? How can Team Roles theory be used to help build teams?
Learning Reflection
Facilitated discussion on the Escape Room exercise. What do we learn from the Escape Room exercise about our team? Which Team Roles do we see in our team? Which roles are missing?What is my contribution to the team? How do we deal with allowable weaknesses?
Team Roles Assessment
A rough self-assessment of each team member. Which Roles do I tend to? Which Roles am I least suited to? How does my self-assessment match up to my team members view of me?
Creating a Balanced Team
Creating a team with a good spread of team roles. Do we have the roles covered? How do we manage with roles we are short on?
Tea Break
Escape Room Team Challenge 2
A new challenge for the team to put into practice what they have learned
Review and Action Steps
What have we learned about how we work together? Where do we go from here? What future actions can the team take to continue to develop

Pre-course Activity

None required

Number of Delegates

Min 3; Max 12


7 Hrs


The course costs £1100 +vat. This includes: Escape Room entry, training material, venue and refreshments

Belbin Team Roles Theory

In the 1970s, Dr Meredith Belbin and his research team at Henley Management College set about observing teams, with a view to finding out where and how these differences come about. As the research progressed, the research revealed that the difference between success and failure for a team was not dependent on factors such as intellect, but more on behaviour.

The research team began to identify separate clusters of behaviour, each of which formed distinct team contributions or “Team Roles”. A Team Role came to be defined as: “A tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way.” It was found that different individuals displayed different Team Roles to varying degrees. 9 Team Roles were eventually identified.

Belbin Team Roles theory is now widely used across the world, to help create high-performing teams and help people to work together more effectively, in a variety of sectors. For more details see:

Escape Rooms

Escape rooms are a fun entertainment concept in which a team of people are locked in a room and have to solve a series of puzzles to escape within a set time limit. They have been around about ten years and are popular across the world.

Escape rooms are an ideal team building activity, providing a unique opportunity for each team member to contribute to the shared goal of escaping the room

Course Details

Variable dates to suit - please enquire
9:30 - 17:00
Escape Rooms Cheltenham, Coronation Square, Cheltenham, GL51 7SE

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