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Enneagram Review

Overview for effectively utilizing the Enneagram Assessment with your team.

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Written by Evan Doyle
Updated over a week ago


In this webinar, Peggy Mariner, a certified Enneagram coach at Cloverleaf, dives into how the Enneagram personality assessment can be a total game-changer for improving team dynamics and collaboration at work.

The Enneagram is all about identifying nine unique personality types, each with their own core motivations, strengths, and blind spots.

Understanding Your Enneagram Type Your Enneagram type is all about what drives you – your core motivations that influence your behaviors and how you see the world. The nine Enneagram types are:

  1. The Reformer - driven by a desire for integrity

  2. The Helper - motivated by a desire for love and connection

  3. The Achiever - all about success and recognition

  4. The Individualist - craves significance and uniqueness

  5. The Investigator - motivated by competence and knowledge

  6. The Loyalist - seeks security and stability

  7. The Enthusiast (that's me!) - all about happiness and excitement

  8. The Challenger - values independence and control

  9. The Peacemaker - strives for harmony and peace

It's important to note that while we each have a core type, we can exhibit behaviors of all nine types to some degree. Our Enneagram type represents our most natural tendencies and motivations.

Enneagram Triads

The Enneagram types are grouped into three triads that represent how we take in and process information to make decisions:

  • Gut Triad (8, 9, 1): Relies on instincts and physical intelligence

  • Heart Triad (2, 3, 4): Attunes to emotions and relational intelligence

  • Head Triad (5, 6, 7): Relies on logic and mental intelligence

Knowing these intelligence centers can help you spot your team members' natural strengths and potential blind spots.

*For more on using the Triads to develop teams, visit this article.

Social Styles

The Enneagram also maps out three social styles that show how we try to get our needs met in social situations:

  • Assertive (3, 7, 8): Directly state needs and take action independently

  • Compliant (1, 2, 6): Seek to understand expectations and gain approval

  • Withdrawn (4, 5, 9): Reflect inwardly to determine needs before engaging

Recognizing your team's different social styles can help you run more effective meetings by giving people the time and space they need to engage. You can check out your team members' social styles right on the Cloverleaf dashboard!

Conflict Approaches

  • When we're stressed or tense, we usually resort to one of three conflict approaches:

  • Reactive (4, 6, 8): Emphasize the severity of problems and push for acknowledgment Positive (2, 7, 9): Focus on silver linings and avoid dwelling on negatives

  • Competency (1, 3, 5): Disengage from emotions to focus on logical solutions

When conflicts pop up, try to leverage the strengths of each approach – allow time to acknowledge issues, identify opportunities, and collaboratively problem-solve. This empowers the whole team.

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding the different personalities, motivations, and interaction styles within your team. By recognizing these diverse perspectives and needs, you can seriously improve collaboration, run better meetings, handle conflicts like a pro, and bring out the best in one another.

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