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Psychological safety in teams

To bring the Enneagram into organizations, there has to be enough psychological safety for participants to be willing to open up and be self-revealing in a group or team environment. There are seven main factors involved:

There are organizational factors that contribute to the sense of psychological safety: leader behavior, organizational or team culture, favoritism, healthy risk-taking, norms about what is and is not acceptable, interpersonal behavior, and more.

In addition, there are some Enneagram-type factors that also contribute:

Enneagram Ones
Truthfulness, sense of responsibility, and respectful interactions

Enneagram Twos
Feeling valued, seen, and heard

Enneagram Threes
Feeling respected, being seen as capable, and a clear end-goal

Enneagram Fours
Ability to be themselves, non-superficial interactions, and not being treated as deficient

Enneagram Fives
Non-invasive interactions, clear boundaries, and non-excessive demands

Enneagram Sixes
High trust level, team bonding, and shared commitments

Enneagram Sevens
Being listened to, being taken seriously, and not having ideas dismissed

Enneagram Eights
Honesty, having influence, and feeling comfortable being incrementally vulnerable

Enneagram Nines
Lack of tension caused by conflict, everyone being listened to, and being valued

This blog series is based on Ginger’s book, Transform Your Team with the Enneagram: Build Trust, Decrease Stress, and Increase Productivity. Now available on Amazon!

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, author of nine Enneagram books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs and training tools for business professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications. TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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