In the working world, interpersonal relationships play a vital role to company culture, as well as overall team efficiency. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, as well as some corporate leaders for large enterprises, all share the view that executive and business coaching can play a big role in keeping the team happy, assisting with professional development, while also facilitating the management of different relationships.
The Enneagram is a great tool to help employees become more self aware, learning more about their triggers and personality types, while also getting a sense of which personalities they may be more likely to get along or potentially clash with. Learning to work with this empowers them to grow as individuals, while also facilitating a happy and healthy team environment overall.
From an employer perspective, the Enneagram can be used to improve relationships in the workplace in a couple of ways. Firstly, if you’re spotting potential in certain members of the team, and would like to keep them motivated (especially when considering high staff turnover in the millennial and younger generations), setting them up with an Enneagram coach, or putting them forward for a course, can be the way to go.
People are complex, and employers have a lot of work to do in terms of conflict resolution, especially around personality clashes. The Enneagram helps to isolate potentially problematic team or manager-employer pairings, with a view towards more efficiently managing corporate structures that are already in place. Employers have a lot to gain from introducing the Enneagram into their workplaces; something that is echoed by leaders far and wide.
Employees have a lot to gain from learning more about their Enneagram types. Not only do they become more self aware once they know their types, but it helps them to understand the motivations behind the way they work, as well as the way they make decisions. They also learn more about what their triggers are, especially around conflict, which can affect they way they react in sensitive situations.
This also provides the opportunity for them to to pause in a difficult situation, rather than reacting right away, which can diffuse any further conflict that may arise otherwise. Once an employee understands why they work the way they work, or why they react to certain personality types in specific ways, it becomes easy to gauge reactions and to continue to be an actively contributing, enthusiastic member of the team.
If you’re an employer or an employee who is interested in learning about your Enneagram type, or would like to recommend it to the HR manager at the office, you’re in the right place. It can be daunting to go about the process of working through your type and the various wings associated without a little bit of help. Karen-Sophia Coaching specialises in making the Enneagram easily understandable to people from all walks of life. Karen-Sophia is a qualified Enneagram coach, offering coaching sessions and courses tailored to clients from all over the world.
If you’d like to learn your type and start the new year with a leaning towards self discovery and improving your work, it’s worth scheduling a session with her for early in the new year. Not only will you be taking charge of your professional development, but you’ll also be on your way towards a happier, healthier understanding of yourself, as well as the core drivers that motivate you.
Written by: Karen-Sophia Editorial