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Leveraging the Enneagram for Team Building and Capacity Development

Updated: Sep 17, 2023


The Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding interpersonal relationships, improving communication, and building teams. It can help individuals in organizations to gain greater insight into their behavior and motivations, as well as those of their colleagues. The Enneagram can be used to increase social and emotional intelligence, build learning communities, increase motivation, improve feedback, and foster constructive conflict resolution. Let’s take a closer look at how the Enneagram is being leveraged to build teams and develop organizational capacity.

What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is based on nine personality types that represent different ways of perceiving the world. By understanding these nine points of view and how they interact with each other, team members can work together more effectively. In addition to improving communication between members of an organization, the Enneagram can also be used to develop leadership skills within a team. By understanding their own tendencies and those of their teammates', leaders can better identify potential areas for improvement in order to create an environment where everyone feels heard and respected.

A Culture of Learning

The Enneagram is also being applied to create a culture of ongoing learning in organizations. Teams that use the Enneagram as part of their development process report increased engagement among team members due to improved communication and understanding between individuals with different personalities and perspectives. Using the Enneagram encourages teams to move beyond surface-level conversations about tasks or projects towards engaging in meaningful dialogue about issues such as values, beliefs, goals, strengths, weaknesses etc., which fosters community-building across individual differences.

Increased Motivation

Finally, the Enneagram has been found to be effective in increasing motivation in both team members and organizational leaders by helping each individual understand what drives them (and others) on a deeper level. This knowledge helps people identify what energizes them so that they are able to focus on tasks that are personally meaningful instead of tasks that feel mundane or tedious. It also helps people recognize what drains their energy so that they can take steps to avoid or reduce those activities whenever possible.


The Enneagram is a powerful tool that can be used by HR professionals, affinity groups, non-profit organizations, executive directors, team leaders etc., for enhancing team development initiatives within organizations. It offers insights into interpersonal dynamics between colleagues as well as individuals’ personal motivations which allows for greater self-awareness among all parties involved—ultimately leading to improved communication skills; increased social & emotional intelligence; stronger collaboration & learning communities; enhanced feedback & conflict resolution; increased motivation & productivity; greater trust; improved morale; higher levels of job satisfaction; reduced stress levels etc.. In short—the benefits derived from leveraging the power of the Enneagram are immense!

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