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Belbin Team Role Reports

To USE Belbin Team Roles and start achieving positive business outcomes, the first step is to ask individuals to complete a Self-Perception Inventory.

What is the Self-Perception Inventory (SPI)?

  • This is an online questionnaire that takes about 20 minutes to complete
  • Responses are analysed via our expert Belbin program
  • The generated report is fully normed and contains personalised advice

N.B. There is no sanctioned pen/pencil self-scoring version of the SPI. If you are using this method, please check our copyright page.

On completion of the Self-Perception Inventory (SPI), a 6-page report is produced, based on an individual's perception of their behavioural strengths and weaknesses in the workplace.

Team Role Overview

The bar graph in this report shows your Team Roles in order from highest to lowest, using all available information. The other pages of the report will analyse your Team Role Overview in more detail.

Your Team Role Preferences

This report shows your percentile scores for each Team Role, according to the Self-Perception responses. Team Roles are divided by percentile score into Preferred, Manageable and Least Preferred Roles.

Team Role Feedback

This report offers guidance and advice on the best way to manage your behaviour at work and make the most of your Team Role contributions. The applicability of the advice may vary depending on the stage of your career and your current working situation.

Maximizing your Potential

This report highlights your Team Role strengths and possible weaknesses, based on your views and those of your Observers, if applicable. The section, 'Understanding your Contribution', provides analysis of your responses to your Self-Perception to enable you to work more effectively.

Feedback and Development Suggestions

This report is ideal for handing to and discussing with your line manager. It will provide an insight into your preferred way of working and the environment in which you thrive. Alternatively, this report is also a useful aid for any manager or recruitment specialist who wants to find out more about the individual in terms of their preferred working style and environment.

Suggested Work Styles

This report looks at the combination of your top Team Roles and suggests working styles that may be suitable. Phrases are provided which summarise the relevant working styles.

This report, based on an individual's Self-Perception, can be purchased here.

This report is based on how an individual sees their behaviour within the workplace. However, the characteristics identified may not be the behaviour that others pinpoint or value. If you want to use the Belbin reports to maximise an individual's input in the workplace, and to help them to build successful working relationships with their colleagues and managers, it is invaluable to get additional feedback.

We call this feedback Observer Assessment.


We believe that this is essential when looking to improve an individuals contribution in the workplace. So much so that we don't charge for it - the addition of Observer Assessments and the updated reports are absolutely free of charge.

Observer Assessments are Belbin's method for obtaining 360-degree feedback. This process entails approaching managers, colleagues and those who are managed by the individual (where applicable) and asking them to complete a short assessment. The Observer Assessment takes 5-10 minutes to complete and consists of two ticklists of adjectives. The observers tick the adjectives if they feel that they strongly apply to the individual.

EXTRA pages when Observer Assessments are added

Analysis of your Team Role Composition

This report provides an overview of Team Roles as seen by yourself and others, in order from most prominent (column 1) to least (column 9). Your overall Team Role composition is not simply an average of each individual line, but a weighted integration of your perceptions and your Observers' views, which takes many factors into account.

Comparing Self and Observer Perceptions

The bar graph in this report shows how you perceive your Team Role contributions, in comparison to your Observers' views. The table below the graph shows the percentile scores for Self-Perception and Observers.

Observed Team Role Strengths and Weaknesses

The bar graph in this report shows your Observers' responses broken down into the strengths and associated weaknesses for each Team Role. An associated weakness is termed allowable if it operates alongside the observed strengths of the Team Role. If a weakness is allowable, we wouldn't suggest correcting the weakness, since it is seen as the flipside of the strength.

List of Observer Responses

When observers complete an Observer Assessment, they can tick or double-tick adjectives which they think apply to you. This report shows the ticks received for each word, in descending order. Words which denote your associated weaknesses are shown in italics.

  • A minimum of 4 Observers assessments are required to produce the full report. We recommend 6.
  • It may not be appropriate to ask for Observer Assessments straightaway - perhaps an individual is new to the team, or you may want them to get used to the Belbin language via their Self-Perception report first.

To purchase the reports, please click here.

Free video advice

Each online report also contains a 10-minute video, at no additional cost, which highlights the strengths and weaknesses of an individual's top Team Role, and gives advice on how to play the role more effectively.

In relation to the videos, they are excellent. Set up nicely with the effective/ineffective scenarios, and the use of the one actor gives a subtle contrast between the different Team Roles - and the scripting is powerful (have been taking notes!).

Purchase Belbin reports

You do not need to be licensed or accredited to purchase and use the Belbin reports.

However, to get the most out of the Belbin reports we would recommend that you attend an Accreditation Course or, at the very least, attend one of our 'How to... ' Sessions.

To purchase the reports, please click here.

How to USE the reports

To get the most out of the reports, and to use them most effectively, we would recommend that you attend a 'How to... ' Session, or become Accredited.

If this is not possible, please read the 'How to...' Guides that can be found under our Free Resources section, and also the Session Ideas page.

Of course, if you have any questions, we would be delighted to talk to you - just pick up the phone!

Other Belbin reports

Once individuals have completed the SPI and added Observers, we can then produce Team/Group reports and Working Relationship reports. Click here to find out more.

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