Belbin’s Team Role Theory and Shared Leadership for Universities Employment Services: New Bridges Between Graduates and Employers


  • Laura Alonso University of Extremadura
  • Gemma Delicado University of Extremadura
  • Rocío Tosina University of Extremadura
  • Rocio Perez Guardo



leadership, training for employment, Belbin team roles, skills


Nowadays, higher education institutions are required to have a more significant role in society, especially by leading mediation among stakeholders and transferring their research results. In Spain, universities still do not have a substantial role in linking potential employers and graduates. In this indispensable context of transferability and collaboration, The University of Extremadura and the state Employment Office of the region of Extremadura signed an agreement with the aim of becoming bridges between students, former students and employers. To do so, the Internship and Employment Office (SEPYE) was launched to develop actions and projects that will increase the employability of students. In order to optimize the SEPYE, a diagnosis and capacitation process that allowed the training of the service’s staff was developed. This process was designed under a shared leadership perspective using Belbin’s team roles theory as a diagnosis tool. In this article, the description of the creation of the service, the training of its staff and the results of the strategy using Belbin’s theory will be described with the idea that this common leadership collaboration can be transferred to similar contexts.

Author Biographies

Laura Alonso, University of Extremadura

Laura Alonso Díaz is a professor in Theory and History at the Department of Educational Sciences. She is currently the Director of Internships and Employment at the University of Extremadura. Her main areas of research are: Teacher Training/trainers, virtual educational environments, Socio-labor training (employment, internships, life-long learning), Social Education and Bilingual Education. She obtained a European Ph.D. in Psychopedagogy. She also obtained 2 six-year terms, the Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and the Teaching Accessit Award in 2019. She has made international stays in prestigious universities such as Warwick University (U.K.), University of Courtin (Australia), Loyola Marymount University (California, USA), etc. She participated in research projects at regional, national, and international level. With more than a hundred publications (articles and books), of which a good number are indexed in impact journals both. Besides, she has contributed as a speaker at national and international conferences. She belongs to the EduTransforma-T Research Group and is IP of the GID BILINGUEX Teaching Innovation Group.

Gemma Delicado, University of Extremadura

Gemma Delicado holds a Ph.D. in Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago. She also obtained a Master of Arts at Western Michigan University and attended Kalamazoo College (USA). Currently she is an Associate Professor for the English Department at the University of Extremadura. She was awarded the Teaching Excellence in the Humanities in 2017. She has been nominated as distinguished alumni by Western Michigan University in 2019. She was appointed Director for International Affairs and Mobility in February 2019. She was Associate Dean for International Affairs (2012-2016). She is currently the Resident Director of the Purdue Northwest (USA) study abroad program in Spain and the ICRP (The Integrative Cultural Project Coordinator) for the Kalamazoo College (USA) study abroad program in Spain. She is currently directing several Ph.D. dissertations related to languages and technology. She attended a number of conferences, done several international research visits and published two books, several chapters and articles.

Rocío Tosina , University of Extremadura

Rocío Yuste Tosina has a Degree in Social Education, a B.A. in Psychopedagogy and a holds a Ph.D. in Pedagogy from the University of Extremadura. She is a professor in Didactics and School Organization at the Department of Educational Sciences at the Faculty of Teacher Training. She is currently the Vice-Rector for Students, Employment and Mobility at the University of Extremadura. She develops her research in “education technologies: virtual learning and training. Use and integration of ICT in educational environments”. She participated in regional and international research projects and was the Principal Investigator (PI) in a large number of research transfer projects. She is the author and co-author of scientific articles and specialized books and has supervised two doctoral theses. She has carried out international research stays, among others, in European, Latin American, and Australian universities. Currently, she combines her research with entrepreneurial initiatives in the field of e-learning and the development of gamified educational materials. Likewise, she actively collaborates with entities and organizations in the field of development cooperation and the Third Sector. She belongs to the EduTransforma-T Research Group.

Rocio Perez Guardo

Rocío Pérez Guardo has a degree in Social Work, a second degree in Labor Sciences and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Valladolid, Spain. She also completed a postgraduate training and several certifications in human resources management, executive coaching, and project management. In her professional career, her experience as a teacher and researcher at the University of Valladolid stands out, as Director of Training, Methodology and People at the Santa María la Real Foundation (designing and scaling an internationally recognized employability program: Employment and Solidary and Caring Entrepreneurship) and as Business Development Director and R + D + i Project Manager, developing initiatives based on social technology for the diagnosis and development of personal and professional skills.




How to Cite

Alonso, L., Delicado, G., Tosina , R., & Perez Guardo, R. (2023). Belbin’s Team Role Theory and Shared Leadership for Universities Employment Services: New Bridges Between Graduates and Employers. International Journal for Leadership in Learning, 23(1), 28–47.