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How to Lead and Work by Enneagram Type

In this guide, Ian Morgan Cron gives an insightful look into how each of the nine Enneagram types naturally lead and work.

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About This Episode

This week, Lisa and Tricia continue their conversation about the Enneagram with the author of The Road Back to You, Ian Morgan Cron. In this episode, he shares highlights of Enneagram numbers 6 through 9, what motivates them, and what it’s like to work with them.

As an Enneagram expert, trained psychotherapist and priest, Ian knows personality types inside and out. He helps us better understand how the Enneagram can be such a helpful tool for the workplace or really any relationship in your life.

1. Every Enneagram number is capable of being a healthy, good leader.

Sometimes, certain people only associate specific numbers with leadership. But that’s wrong. For example, because nines are more quiet and laid back, they may not receive as much consideration for leadership positions. But some of the world’s best leaders, including some of America’s best presidents, were nines. The truth is, any number that is healthy and self aware has the potential to be a very good leader.

2. Hire based on character, not Enneagram number.

Look at someone’s ethics and hard skills before even considering their Enneagram number. Those are the most important things. Once that’s in place, you can look at the number and see how they fit with the rest of the team. But that’s completely secondary to everything else. And never hire a number just based on needing that point of view. You might want to bring in a contractor or consultant to provide that perspective instead.

3. People who are healthy within their number are emotionally intelligent.

These types of people make the best leaders. Not only are they emotionally intelligent, they are fully self aware. They realize that their perspective isn’t the only perspective, and it’s okay and normal to hold another view. They understand the needs and benefits of seeking out other points of view, and they approach conversations keeping the other person’s opinion in mind.

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