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Question about Belbin Team Roles – is there a 10th role?


Belbin's team type questionnaire consists of 7 categories, each with ten possible responses. My understanding is that there are 9 team types (originally 8, but the role of "Specialist" was later added, making 9 in total). So my question is.. is there actually a 10th role, and if so what is it? Why are there not nine questions (one for each role type) per category if a 10th role does not exist? What is the explanation for the 10th role? Any assistance to explain this would be greatly appreciated!

3 Responses

  1. Control Questions

    I don’t know exactly, but the web site might be indicating the answer with this entry:

    Firstly, the 2012 version of the SPI uses 8 sections rather than the original 7 to provide a more detailed analysis of a person’s Team Roles. It also incorporates a new series of control questions which provides an indication of the robustness of the resultant profile.’


  2. Updated Belbin SPI

    Hi there,

    A quick look at the Belbin website – – should answer your questions.

    The SPI has recently been updated after a 3 year R&D project, and now consists of 8 sections. It previously consisted of 7 sections. Each of the 9 Team Roles is now more consistently measured across several different factors. If you would like to try a new report, please do get in touch!

    So, each of the 8 sections measures a different factor. There are 10 questions per section – these relate to the Team Roles and also a control statement. Reference to this control statement is made in the reports if you are in the upper percentile.

    I hope this helps – if not, just email in at the website.

    Kindest regards

    Jo Keeler

    (Business Director – Belbin)


  3. Self-awareness

    As Garry says, the tenth set of responses are about rating how the person sees themselves. If it produces too high a score, then the survey responses are seen as less "robust".



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