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In this episode, Joel and Antonia continue their discussion with Dr. Beatrice Chestnut about Enneagram leadership.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Part 1 of this series
  • The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace
  • The more you understand yourself, default patterns, reactions, focus points and the differences of others, the easier it is to work with others.
  • Manage yourself and your responses.
  • Be more flexible and have more empathy for others.
  • Every combination has ways they may get along well or cause friction.
  • If you know yourself and you know where they’re coming from you can have a better understanding of what is needed to work together better.
  • We can come in with biases against or for other types.
  • Enneagram is a constant reminder to stop stereotyping and instead go within.
  • Be aware of yourself and what you may be bringing into the situation or projecting onto someone else.
  • Use the Enneagram to ask, “What is it about me that is creating the situation?”
  • Enneagram 6 may poke holes in ideas too soon due to their tendency to be the devil’s advocate.
  • There is a section in each chapter for what each type can do to be easier to work with.
  • From the book, Type 6: “Not everyone needs as much time and space to question and plan proposals… It will help 6s to clarify intentions when they push back or question other’s work.”
  • Types 8 & 3 tend to gravitate toward leadership roles.
  • If you come to the table recognizing yours is not the only perspective you can get along with everybody.
  • If most people have 8s and 3s bosses, is there anything they can do to navigate that space?
  • The book contains tips to help each of us get along with other types.
  • From the book, how to get along with 3s: “
    • Be competent and get things done.
    • If you don’t do your job timely or correctly, be accountable for your mistakes.
    • 3s like to be left alone when working.
    • Be mindful of 3s preferred pace.
    • They move really fast. Don’t waste their time.
    • They are sensitive to long meetings or drawn out conversations.
    • Communicate with them in bullet points.
    • Relationships will be secondary to work.
    • Don’t expect them to want to deal with your feelings.
    • Communicate your feelings in a way that is not emotional.
    • 3s avoid failure at all costs. It is their kryptonite.
    • Recognize their achievements.
  • Antonia (Enneagram 3): “I’ve had to recognize that honoring people’s emotions and keeping morale high is not my strong suit. I also appreciate it when the team has my back, even when I fail.”
  • Sometimes we can overcorrect.
  • From the book, how to get along with 8s:
    • Make sure and tell them the truth.
    • Be honest.
    • Don’t hide things or undermine their authority.
    • Don’t beat around the bush.
    • Be brief, direct, and to the point.
    • Don’t waste their time.
    • They respect independent workers.
    • Support them in taking action.
    • Don’t slow them down or interrupt them.
    • Support their forward momentum.
    • Ask them to pause before they work, which will be of service to them.
    • Try not to be afraid of conflict with them.
    • They respect people who aren’t afraid to meet them assertively.
  • Use the 8 in your life as an exercise to develop your conflict muscles.
  • “Every organization is a shadow of its leader.”
  • Leaders have weighted presence in the company and will develop the company to mirror their preferred communication strategy.
  • Sometimes that is true – and sometimes it isn’t.
  • Leaders will unconsciously hire someone of their type.
  • Their blind spots can become blind spots of the organization.
  • As a leader, ask yourself what your blind spots may be. See them and create a path for growth based upon them.
  • Underlying principle:
    • Know thyself.
    • Understand yourself.
    • Put out effort to do some personal self-awareness work.
    • The more you know yourself, the more you will be able to understand your strengths, weaknesses, and projections.
    • Also modeling self-awareness and self-responsibility for others is huge in a leadership situation.
    • Own your mistakes.
    • Apologize, and people will trust you more.
  • Grab yourself a copy of Beatrice’s book – The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Enneagram Roadmap

 

 

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