Empower & Inspire
Building a safe, collaborative, and cooperative work environment is typically the goal of every business owner, and businesses are increasingly relying on personality tests to provide valuable insight on their current or prospective hires. These tools can help employers keep their current staff engaged and motived and can minimize the risk of a prospective employee not fitting the company culture.
“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” – Simon Sinek
Most employees agree that inspiration is way more effective (not to mention way more enjoyable) than manipulation; the Enneagram is a great way to learn about people – yourself included – so that inspiration becomes the better and more convenient choice.
Rooted in the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written symbol), the nine-pointed Enneagram symbol represents nine distinct strategies for relating to the self and others. Each Enneagram type has different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting – dictated by a deeper motivation. Everyone wins when self-awareness increases, but the biggest benefactor of this information is ourselves.
No one wins more than me when my own self-awareness increases.
The Nine Types
While these one-word descriptors act as great “highlights,” they certainly don’t convey the full depth or meaning behind the number.
Armed with information about the strengths and challenges of your employees, you can show up better prepared to communicate, coach, provide feedback, develop leadership skills, build teams, resolve conflict, and drive sales.
The Enneagram as a Tool for Businesses
Although the Enneagram is probably the most open-ended and dynamic of the personality typologies (and our personal favorite), this does not mean that the Enneagram is the final word on the human beings in your circle. Individuals have always been – and will continue to be – mysterious and unpredictable. The Enneagram is just a tool, providing a bit of clarity and insight on the people you are trying to empower.
While the Enneagram (or any personality test) can certainly be a valuable resource – and will certainly give you a different perspective and understanding, don’t play psychologist with your employees. It will likely annoy them and, unless you’re an actual psychologist, probably won’t yield any constructive results. Use the information to create an atmosphere of safety and empower them to be their best…and focus on you – as an employer, a leader, a coach, and a friend. (Because, after all, you’re the only human you actually can control.)