What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is a personality profile that helps people understand themselves better in a number of aspects and situations. Like any other profile it is not meant to stereotype people, rather it aims to give some useful information about them; assisting in bringing clarity to the complex and unique people that we all are.

In doing so the report and supporting feedback process assists in self-awareness, development, building richer relationships, resolving conflicts and optimising team behaviour and performance.

The word is derived from The Greek words for nine (ennea) and points/written or drawn (gram). It refers to the nine different Enneagram styles; each one representing a unique world view and archetype which describes a way in which people may think, act or feel. The nine styles resonate with how people relate to the world around them, the people they interact with and their own inner world.

How Do we Use it?

We use Enneagram in one-on-one coaching situations to fast-track insight, growth and self-awareness of an individual within a multitude of contexts; their working role, their career, their life generally, their work team or organisational culture fit for example.  Because the profile and the feedback gives higher level awareness for people it gives depth and sustainability to the coaching process.

It is a tool which is rich and has a number of layers to explore and reflect upon. The profile allows people to develop themselves over time; with the tool resonating more deeply as circumstances change, situations change or the individual changes.

What are the Benefits?

For You

  • Helps you see the under-pinning motivation behind your feelings, thoughts and actions
  • Increased awareness and confidence
  • A framework for getting to grips with constructive and dysfunctional behaviours
  • Increased compassion for your self and others
  • Reveals ways to develop and grow
  • Increases productivity and motivation
  • Gives a language to make sense of yourself at motivational and behavioural levels

For the teams you work in

  • Reduced judgement and criticism of others
  • Improved working relationships and increased productivity
  • Assists with dealing with conflicts and every day interpersonal challenges
  • Eases communication flow and business processes

For the organisation

  • Less politics and ‘game playing’
  • Openness to change and innovation
  • Increased productivity and well-being