Do I Need to Know My Employees’ Enneagrams?


Those leaders who’ve heard about personality inventories may wonder if they need to know their employees’ Enneagrams or other test scores. These types of assessments can provide a great deal of insight into the people who work for an organization and can improve the understanding of not only managers but of all colleagues when it comes to knowing how to work well together. Therefore, it would be advantageous to learn a bit about them and to consider using them company-wide for personnel relation purposes. Read on to discover what the Enneagram is, its benefits and the ways it can help improve team building and performance on the job.

About Enneagrams

The Enneagram may sound complicated, but it’s actually a simple personality model based on nine core types. The foundational concept is that people usually gravitate toward one of those types with regard to the ways in which they interact with the world around them. The insights gained through knowing one’s type and the types of those they interact with most can be beneficial in business, self-development and spiritual life.

The nine types are:

  • The Perfectionist
  • The Helper
  • The Performer
  • The Romantic
  • The Investigator
  • The Loyalist
  • The Enthusiast
  • The Challenger
  • The Peacemaker

These types are the basis for how individuals think, act and feel. They provide an understanding of people’s motivations.

Benefits of Knowing Employees’ Enneagrams

As Forbes notes, knowing employees’ Enneagrams can help managers to get to the root of recurring problems figure out ways to overcome them so that teams can work more productively in the future to achieve common goals. There are numerous benefits for understanding co-workers’ personality types and internal motivations for behavior. Knowing their Enneagram type helps employees to be more self-aware and to understand their underlying motivations and strengths. This leads them to better use their talents within a career framework. Knowledge of self and the motivations of others can improve communication and tolerance, leading groups to work together more compatibly. Emotional intelligence is improved, and employees will be more satisfied in their work environment and enjoy improved relations with their colleagues.

Enneagrams and Teams

The above benefits result in overall higher productivity among employees and a more pleasant company culture. When employees recognize their unique skills and others understand those as well, they feel more empowered and recognized within the corporate culture. This satisfaction leads to higher confidence and company loyalty. It also helps teams to work together more productively, each member contributing their strengths and working together in an efficient way. Understanding employee Enneagrams improves overall communication and decision-making. It also improves leadership on the part of the managers. They learn better self-awareness and how to balance the Enneagrams of their employees in a way that is strategic and better meets the company’s vision. Leaders will simply be better equipped to motivate their teams.

It’s not necessary to understand workers’ personality types. However, it should now be apparent the benefits that come from this knowledge. Managers should know employees’ Enneagrams if they wish to encourage their teams to meet their full potential and to work well together.

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