17 Jan Understanding the Leadership Universe
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” – Stephen Hawking
The enneagram is a lens through which your team will come into focus. Through enneagram work, you will better understand your team’s universe; learning your team members’ unique strengths and weaknesses. Because of that insight, you’ll be able to more effectively lead those individuals to their fullest potential.
“Only a few simple concepts are needed to begin your journey of self-discovery,” says The Enneagram Institute. They go on to state, “The Enneagram, however, is ultimately subtle and complex.” found here
It’s true; the deeper your understanding of the enneagram, the more power that knowledge will give you. At Leadership Evolves, you’ll discover incredible leadership potential through enneagram work. In preparation, there’s much to be gained by gaining basic familiarity with the enneagram.
An Enneagram Snapshot
The enneagram details nine basic personality types; providing insight into the natural struggles and talents of those specific types, and their relationship to one another.
By learning your enneagram type, and understanding your teams’ types; you gain invaluable perspective into your team’s universe:
principles, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionist
generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing, and possessive
adaptable, excelling, driven, and image-conscious
expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental
perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated
engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious
spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, and scattered
self-confident, decisive, wilful, and confrontational
receptive, reassuring, complacent, and resigned
These short descriptions are just the tip of the iceberg; each enneagram type is as complex and nuanced as the last, providing a unique window into your own and your team members’ personalities.
As a leader, you can use these profiles as tools for success. Take some time to read each of the nine basic personality types; see if you recognise yourself, and the members of your team. Discover more about the enneagram by clicking HERE.