These are roles that people take on who are generally good communicators, and enjoy working with others - either on the team, or from the outside.
This role will take a leadership role within the team and be the person whom everyone else on the team feels like they can talk to when problems come up. Even if the project is being overseen by a higher-ranking manager, most teams need someone like this to step up and lead the day to day activities of the group.
Usually, this is a person that everyone on the team respects and will listen to. This role also includes really holding the group together, and being willing to sacrifice personal achievement or accomplishment for the better good of the team. Every good team will have at least a few people who fall into this role category, although too many 'team players' on one team could be a bad thing as the team might lack the strong leadership needed to make decisions.
This role often involves being curious about new ideas and loves to think outside the box. Just like the Action-oriented role, this role is comfortable with communicating with people on and off the team in order to get the answers and information that is needed.
The role is needed to focus on the team's objectives, draw out team members and delegate work appropriately. They use their inquisitive nature to find ideas to bring back to the team. Helps the team to gel, using their versatility to identify the work required and complete it on behalf of the team.
Mature, confident, identifies talent. Clarifies goals. Outgoing, enthusiastic. Explores opportunities and develops contacts. Co-operative, perceptive and diplomatic. Listens and averts friction.
Can be seen as manipulative and might offload their own share of the work.
Don't be surprised to find that:
They might over-delegate, leaving themselves little work to do. Might be over-optimistic, and can lose interest once the initial enthusiasm has passed.
They might forget to follow up on a lead. Can be indecisive in crunch situations and tends to avoid confrontation.
They might be hesitant to make unpopular decisions.