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The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that has been used for centuries to help people understand themselves and their behaviors. 

It’s a powerful tool that leaders can use to identify and develop their own strengths and those of their team. 

Let's take a closer look at how the enneagram works. 

What is the Enneagram? 

The Enneagram is a personality-typing system that has become increasingly popular in recent years. In essence, the Enneagram describes nine distinct types of personalities, each with its own unique set of traits and characteristics. 

The enneagram is visually represented by a nine-pointed symbol made up of three parts: the circle, the triangle, and the hexagon. Each point on the symbol represents a different number or type associated with a particular set of personality traits. 

For example, type 1 is associated with perfectionism, whereas type 9 is associated with peace-seeking behavior. By understanding your own type—and those of your team—you can gain insight into how you think and act in different situations.  

Although it is often used to gain insight into individual personalities, the Enneagram can also be used by leaders to understand their team members better and create an environment of understanding and collaboration. 

How Does It Work? 

The Enneagram works by classifying people into one of nine distinct personality types. Each type is identified by a number between one and nine, each with its unique set of strengths and weaknesses. 

For example, Type One (The Reformer) is known for being principled and idealistic, while Type Five (The Investigator) is known for being analytical and detached. 

In addition to describing individual personalities, the Enneagram can also identify how different types interact. Knowing how different types relate to each other can help leaders create more effective teams by recognizing potential areas of conflict or misunderstanding. 

For example, Type Two (The Helper) may have difficulty understanding why Type Five (The Investigator) needs time alone to process information before deciding on a course of action. 

How Can Leaders Use the Enneagram? 

Leaders can use this system to understand better why people think and behave differently in certain situations. 

Through knowledge gained from using the enneagram, leaders can equip themselves with better communication tools to foster stronger relationships with their teams. When leaders have more significant insights into their own personalities and those of their team members, it allows them to build collaborative working relationships. 

Team members bring unique talents and perspectives that support each other’s strengths. This helps create an environment where everyone feels valued and motivated to do their best work while also being able to openly share ideas without fear of criticism or judgment.

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The Benefits of Using the Enneagram for Leaders 

Using the Enneagram offers leaders numerous benefits.

  • Improved team collaboration and productivity.
  • Increased emotional intelligence.
  • Improved decision-making; enhanced creativity.
  • More effective problem-solving.
  • Enhanced self-awareness; better communication skills.
  • Improved trust between team members.
  • Greater personal growth potential for all involved. 

Putting It Into Practice 

Once you’ve identified your team member’s individual personality types using the Enneagram, it’s time to put this knowledge into practice. 

As a leader, it’s crucial that you recognize how individuals with different personality types approach problems differently to create an environment where everyone feels respected and valued. 

You should also strive to create an atmosphere where people feel comfortable expressing their opinions without fear of judgment or ridicule from others. 

Finally, tailor your communication style depending on who you are speaking with; not everyone responds well to the same approach! 

Next Steps for Growing as a Leader. 

The enneagram provides a powerful tool for unlocking leadership potential both in yourself and in your team members. 

Understanding your team’s unique personalities can help you foster a greater sense of collaboration among your team members, resulting in improved performance across the board! 

The key takeaway is that although all individuals are unique, they all still have something valuable to contribute when given the right nurturing environment. 

Teams thrive in environments that consider their distinct personalities and allow them to flourish as individuals within a larger group setting. 

By leveraging the power of the Enneagram, leaders can create an environment where everyone feels appreciated and respected for who they are.

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