Here is my presentation on Belbin’s Team Roles.
To support our investigation into Belbin’s Team Roles and our own group working characteristics, we were guided by our tutor to complete a ‘Team Role Test’ via this link. The test requires you to select a word from each set of 36 opposing words. I found this test quite impractical as there were no questions to elicit an informed response, coupled with the pairings being too restrictive, where on many occasions, neither suggestive word applied to my working practice. My overall result for the three most prominent roles are as follows:
Expert – 19%
The expert has the skills and expertise required for the specific task at hand. He or she has a strong focus on the task and may get defensive when others interfere with his or her work. The expert prefers to work alone and team members often have a great deal of trust and confidence in him or her.
Innovator – 17%
The innovator is often the creative generator of a team. He or she has a strong imagination and a desire to be original. The innovator prefers to be independent and tends to approach tasks in a scientific way. As a creative individual, the innovator may play a crucial role in the way a team approaches tasks and solves problems.
Analyst – 17%
The analyst has a tendency to be reserved and critical. The analyst will also react to plans and ideas in a rational and sensible way. He or she will favour a prudent approach to matters and will evaluate them according to their accuracy before acting.
Completing the official Belbin Individual Report, would yield the most accurate analysis; however for the purpose of this research activity and also assessing its general value for money, I thought paying £42 was too much. So, after some digging around the internet, I found an adapted questionnaire by Alistair Fraser and Suzanne Neville; this test proposes seven scenarios, each with eight possible answers for you to choose from, in which after tallying your results in a matrix, it provides you with your likely team roles. My results can be found below.
To conclude, this test identified my primary role as a ‘Plant’, with my secondary role of a ‘Completer Finisher’. According to further descriptors, I can be classified as:
An introverted, obsessive compulsive with weak communication skills and a reluctance to not let go!
I can not argue with that analysis; however, this test does not truly define my working practice, it has at best, highlighted a few of my personality characteristics, which is, I like working on my own and I have an attention for detail. It does not highlight my overall care and aptitude towards colleagues and their work, where if possible I will go to any lengths to assist.