The Enneagram is a powerful tool that not only improves our personal lives, but can have a transformative effect on our professional lives too. The Enneagram is often used by corporate coaches or those with a focus on career development for their clients. With the help of your Enneagram type, as well as additional tips in order to enhance the characteristics that make you a good leader, it can help to fast-track your career, making you a better leader and putting you on a path to success. Let’s explore how the Enneagram can make us better leaders in general.
Working with the Enneagram and learning more about the motivations behind your actions and decisions, gives you the chance to improve your overall self-awareness. This can be a very useful tool in the workplace, especially so with the rise of open plan offices in the last two decades. If you learn to become more self-aware, you are better able to control you behaviours and actions, especially in relation to the people around you. The Enneagram can help you to spot certain trends and also act as a buffer, enabling you to pause, before reacting to a colleague who may just be having a bad day.
Enneagram coaching helps you to learn more about what drives you, as well as the characteristics of your personality that motivates you to keep going and tackling tasks in your workday. When you have a clearer set about your overall motivations based on your personality, it is easy to isolate the motivations that get you to do the things you do efficiently. A good leader not only knows what drives them, but also, what demotivates them, as well as others. By consolidating the things that drive you, and working to eliminate the things that demotivate you and others, your leadership potential can grow exponentially in the process.
Being a good leader requires a commitment to your own personal and professional growth. This requires regular goal setting, checking in with yourself, and holding yourself accountable to the things that you want to achieve. The Enneagram facilitates this kind of thinking, and knowing your type can give you great insight into the types of goals that you are best suited towards. For some, financial goals come as second nature, while others may have a better concept of emotional goals related to those around them. The two are not mutually exclusive, but by understanding this, you are able to better assert yourself personally and professionally, and to set realistic goals for yourself in the process.
Last but not least, the Enneagram is able to improve your leadership capabilities by enhancing your ability to see the best in those around you. A good leader does not act alone, instead choosing to do so with a team behind them, operating as a unit through successes and failures. A great leader can spot the strengths of others, irrespective of their shortcomings. The Enneagram gives you more perspective about your own areas of improvements, which in turn makes you more compassionate towards those of others. This kind of thinking not only makes you a stronger leader, but also gives you the chance to act in the best interests of those around you.
Written By: Karen-Sophia Editorial