Use the Enneagram to unlock the power of team dynamics: enhance communication, resolve conflict, and harness individual strengths.
As an Enneagram coach, I recognize the immense difficulty of leading a team. Through my workshops at corporate retreats and conferences, I witness the striking divergence of communication styles, conflict preferences, and overall personalities among groups of individuals.
For example, some people need lots of affirmation and positivity (👀 2s and 9s), while others prefer to get straight to the point (👀 5s and 8s). Some types think personality typing systems are baloney (and don't hesitate to tell me that) while others can't stop bringing up their personality type musings at every opportunity (cough couldn't be me cough).
Long story short - it's rough out there.
Discover 5 ways the Enneagram of Personality empowers the workplace:
Poor workplace communication is a common issue. It's not because your team is inept at communication; instead, it's the complex blending of different communication styles that makes it difficult to navigate situations.
If you're discussing an issue with an Enneagram Type 2, you're going to need to use the sandwich method (affirmation-issue at hand-affirmation). But if you're discussing an issue with an Enneagram Type 1, you're going to want to stick to the facts and provide a clear structure to the conversation.
By identifying their own Enneagram type and learning about the types of their coworkers, your team can gain a better understanding of how to communicate more effectively and avoid misunderstandings.
By providing a framework for understanding the different ways people experience the world, the Enneagram invites empathy and understanding into the workplace. When we learn why Type 1 Bob feels strongly about sticking to the rules and procedures, we can relate to him more compassionately when he is a stickler for grammatical errors. Knowing that Type 5 Carol needs a lot recharging time for her social battery gives others grace when she declines after-work drinks for the 3rd time.
There's no way around this: leadership requires self-awareness. You may be a straight-shooter, but half of your staff needs positivity, affirmation, and complements in order to do their best work. My goal as an Enneagram coach is to help teams evolve and grow by revealing everyone's motivations and providing tools for leading each personality type to do their best work.
I'm definitely biased, but learning about the Enneagram during the workday feels like a breath of fresh air. You're given permission to talk about the uncomfortable things, the silly things, the things that don't normally come up in a water cooler conversation. You're able to laugh at yourself, and maybe even cut through the banal "How was your weekend?"