The Enneagram Personality System opens up a powerful new world of insights into ourselves and others. Learning and applying this system can change the way you see yourself in the world and will allow you to understand and improve your professional and personal relationships.
The Enneagram clarifies your worldview. With a deeper understanding of yourself, your motivations, your insecurities and communication styles, you gain awareness of the filter you use to interact with the external world around you. The Enneagram also provides a compass for you to see where others are coming from and how their different motivations and communication styles can be in harmony or at odds with your own in a given situation. This knowledge becomes a powerful tool that leads you to better relationships and interactions with those around you – both professionally and interpersonally.
“The insights the Enneagram gives us can change our lives, and those who have gotten to know it cannot imagine how they once got along without it. It is as if they had been born color blind and were suddenly able to comprehend the world in all its subtle hues for the first time.”
-Riso-Hudson, Discovering Your Personality Type, 2003 pp. 3-4
For businesses and professional organizations that rely on the effective collaboration and synchronization of their teams to succeed, the Enneagram can be an invaluable tool for bonding, relating and productivity. High-functioning teams are often the foundation of success, while poorly functioning teams can be damaging to productivity, company culture and recruitment efforts. Teams thrive when team members understand each other's strengths and weaknesses and approach challenges armed with that knowledge and perspective.
Through an understanding of personality (both our own and others), the Enneagram, when understood, can become invaluable for management dealing with their teams as well as co-workers dealing with their peers. The Enneagram Personality System is an especially powerful tool for teams that work closely together in high-pressure environments, such as law firms, medical organizations and fast-paced businesses.
The Enneagram is a tool that allows us to see ourselves and others through the core motivations that drive us. An understanding of these core motivational patterns reveals how different personality types fall into and approach conflict. Recognizing these conflict styles and addressing the appropriate motivations and patterns driving the conflict make it an effective tool in facilitating amicable resolutions.
Effective management requires both self-awareness and awareness of others. The Enneagram enables you to gain deeper insight into the personality types of your team and your own personal management style. This allows you to be a better manager with a net result of a happier workplace, a stronger culture and increased productivity and/or innovation.
Self-awareness is a powerful step toward growth and actualization of one’s goals. Our personality is one of the key filters, along with culture, language and experiences, with which we interpret reality. Much of our understanding of the world is a projection of this personality filter. Learning the patterns that arise out of your unconscious or barely-conscious fears and desires allows you to act more freely and effectively; it enables you to adjust when you catch yourself in self-defeating and unproductive patterns. The striking clarity that the Enneagram offers allows you to see and step back from reflexive behaviors that cause many avoidable misunderstandings, miscommunications and the problems that resultantly arise.
The Enneagram can help you and your team understand their own strengths (and weaknesses) and inform interactions with sales prospects and clients. Relating to the personality types of others can improve sales and client relations as appropriate adjustments are made to engage at a more personalized level.
The Enneagram is an amazing tool to help you deal with your current relationships with loved ones, those closest to you and those you are dating. Knowing and understanding your Enneagram personality type allows you to navigate communications and recognize potential compatibilities and potential incompatibilities. Having this insight can contribute to resolving issues in current relationships and also help you make more informed decisions about new potential long-term relationships.