"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom"
Have you ever wondered why you work really well with some people and seem to clash with others?
Why you can predict how some colleagues will react to situations and others leave you completely flummoxed? Chances are it has a lot to do with individual personality type preferences. Everyone has different preferences that make up their personality type, and some personalities work better together than others. Your particular personality type might make it really easy to work with one colleague and leave you struggling with another.
Our personality types — along with different work ethics, opinions, and approaches — make it difficult to get along perfectly with everyone all the time. However, being aware of your own personality style makes you more likely to observe the traits of those around you. This allows you to adapt your style to theirs or provide them with information in a way that will get their attention, which can go a long way in helping you understand yourself, as well as your colleagues!
The Enneagram Personality Scan offers great in-depth analysis into the primary personality preferences and tendencies. It is a tremendously beneficial tool in helping you understand yourself, your motivations and behavior, and how you interact with the people around you. It will enhance your self-awareness by shedding light on blind-spots and where you tend to 'get stuck', as well as highlight your strengths and best options for self-growth.
The benefits of understanding Personality Types & Working Styles in the Workplace
In businesses and organizations the Enneagram's insights have dozens of positive uses from understanding relationships to improving communication to handling difficult people. Learning to recognize the influence of personality styles and working styles in your workplace will help you resolve conflicts, reduce office politics and manage people well. It is especially useful in teamwork, where group members can learn to non-defensively appreciate each other's differences and take responsibility for their individual blocks and limitations.
Within an organization, some personalities are driven by power and control while others are reform-minded. Some are like missionaries for their own cause, trying to force their standards on others within the company. Others are followers or idea people or strong at sales or focused on procedure. When you know someone's personality- & working style, you can accurately predict how they will act and interact with other styles. More important, you will understand why they do what they do, their unconscious motivation and probable concerns. You may discover that someone's behavior that you always took personally never was personal; they were just acting blindly out of the premises of their worldview.
The Enneagram is a big help in understanding group dynamics and creating teams for problem solving and developing new projects. It is very good for assessing strengths - sometimes evoking latent ones - and matching people with jobs that take advantage of their natural abilities. Although there are plenty of exceptions, certain personality styles are often simply better at certain tasks.
And knowing the personality types of the people close to you is extremely helpful in understanding them and how you can best relate to them.