Learn the Belbin Leadership Styles from the New England Patriots

Depending upon the situation, understanding different leadership styles will help teams manage projects efficiently. Here at TeamBonding, we emphasize leadership styles as an important aspect of running any successful business. We recently partnered with the Belbin program.

This program is a self-assessment that your employees take that asks them to evaluate themselves as leaders, followed by three to four observers who give their perspectives. Ultimately, your employees will receive a full report from Belbin detailing their individual results. This program is an insightful way in which you can not only have a discussion within your own organization about leadership, but it will also help you work better as a team!

Belbin Leadership style archetypes can be seen demonstrated within various organizations including the New England Patriots.

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.”- Vincent Lombardi

Plant: Josh McDaniel

Josh McDaniel is the Offensive Coordinator of the New England Patriots. He must constantly evolve his in-game strategy based off of the defense. He is a risk taker.

Resource Investigator: Martellus Bennett

As a leading part of the offense, Martellus Bennett is constantly searching for new ways he can contribute to the team. Bennett works hand in hand with McDaniel’s, actively researching and generating new routes to run. He is a future-oriented individual. Bennett was extremely outgoing both on and off the field this year and used his personality to develop contacts to further his personal brand.

Coordinator: Robert Kraft

As principal owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft oversees the organization. Kraft is constantly coordinating the organization make sure that everyone is on task and assigns various projects to people within the organization. Kraft’s ultimate goal is to work towards aligning the organization with the overall mission they want to accomplish.

Shaper: Tom Brady


As Quarterback of the New England Patriots, Tom Brady’s main goal is to shape the offense. Brady is a decisive person who thrives under pressure. He is the catalyst of the team that gets the job done when it is needed to be done. He is a go-getter. Brady also has the inner drive and courage to overcome any obstacle, all while continuing to thrive under pressure and challenging the status quo.

Monitor Evaluator: Bill Belichick

As the Head Coach of New England Patriots Bill Belichick, he has a very strategic oriented mindset. In some ways, he sees the team members as chess pieces, each member plays a strategic role in the team’s success.

Team Worker: Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman is a Wide Receiver on the New England Patriots. Edelman has been on the team for 8 years so he has an in-depth understanding of the organization. He works on and off the field to encourage team spirit and as well as open and honest communication.

Implementer: Dante Scarnecchia

As an implementer, Dante Scarnecchia the Offensive Line coach is a realistic and pragmatic person, who emphasize structure and order. He is a part of the backbone of the team who ensures that the offensive line protects Tom Brady.

Specialist: Stephen Gostkowski

As the primary Kicker for the New England Patriots Stephen Gostkowski specializes in field goal kicking. He is an expert in his field and provides in-depth knowledge that will allow the team to succeed.

Completer Finisher: Ernie Adams

Ernie Adams is a part of the New England Patriots as a Football Research Director. Adams is a detail oriented person who maintains high standards. Adams sees issues within a group and quickly moves towards stepping into areas that require more attention. He is constantly assisting the team with generating new talent.

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David Goldstein

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