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No team can function if its members don't know who is supposed to do what. There are a number of academic theories on team dynamics and the roles members play: The most famous is Belbin's Team Roles, which names nine different characters (Completer Finisher, Monitor Evaluator, Resource Investigator, and so on). This work is well worth delving into if you are interested in finding out more. (There is a good discussion of it in the FT Essential Guide to Leading Your Team.) However, for our purposes it is more useful to concentrate on the practical impact of different team roles. The following selection provides a useful guide for thinking about the contributions each of your team members makes to the overall team effort...