Belbin Team Roles

What are Belbin Team Roles?

A Belbin Team Role is defined as "Our tendency to behave, contribute and interrelate with others in a particular way." They are concerned with behaviours, these are all the things that we say and do. The Belbin assessment uses 360 feedback to give you an accurate idea of how you fit into your team. Your role may be subject to some change through your career. There are nine team roles grouped into groups of 3:

Task or Action Related Team Roles

  • Shaper:Challenging,dynamic,goal oriented,has drive and courage
  • Implementer:Disciplined,organised,efficient,turns ideas into actions
  • Completer Finisher:Accurate,conscientious,meticulous, prevent errors

Team or Social Related Team Roles

  • Resource Investigator: Extrovert, enthusiastic, communicative, explores opportunities, develops contacts
  • Co-ordinator: Calm, confident, clarifies goals, promotes participative decision making
  • Team Worker:Co-operative, caring, diplomatic, sensitive, a good listener, averts friction

The Individual or Thinking related Team Roles

  • Plant:Creative, imaginative, unorthodox, solves difficult problems
  • Monitor Evaluator: Logical, analytical, discerning, judges accurately
  • Specialist: Single minded, motivated by the pursuit of knowledge

What part can the Belbin Team Roles play in your organisation, team or department?

Understanding your preferred team roles helps you to better understand yourself, how you fit into your role and how you behave in a group situation. Knowing and understanding other colleagues preferred team roles will help you work more effectively with others.

In an organisation, knowing the team roles of your staff enables you to identify the right people for different teams, the profile you are looking for when recruiting and completing development plans for staff. This knowledge will help you to use your staff to their maximum strengths.

How can the knowing your preferred Belbin Team Roles benefit you?

Once you have identified and understood your preferred team roles try to develop them as much as possible. They are your natural strengths and the part that you can contribute the most to any team. You will become aware of the "allowable weaknesses" that your team roles have so that you can work on them to keep them to a minimum and ensure that the stengths that you offer come to the fore. You will also identify your lowest team roles. With this kowledge you should work to develop strategies to manage them and avoid having to use them. This is where team synergy comes in. Identify those people whose strengths are your weaknesses. You will find that you complement each other.

Team Role Assessments

Dr Belbin's self-scoring Self Perception Inventory (SPI) has been used exclusively throughout the world to help bring about improvements in individual and team performance.

Observer Assessments can also be completed by 4 to 6 colleagues whom have worked closely with the individual who is completing their SPI.

  • A variety of reports can be generated from completion of the SPI and Observer Assessments:
  • Team Role Profile
  • Character Profile
  • Counselling Report
  • Personal Work Style Report
  • Team Report for group of 3 to 15 named people whom individual profiles are available
  • * Pie Chart of Self and Observer Assessments
  • * Assessments results in ranked order
  • * Bar Graph of Observer Assessments
  • * List of Observer Responses

* Only supplied when 4-6 observer asssessments are provided.