There’s nothing as exhilarating as being on a high-performing team, nor as stressful
as being on a dysfunctional one. ~ Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD
The Enneagram is particularly powerful in helping teams become high-functioning and high-performing. Using the Enneagram integrated with proven organizational effectiveness models, teams become more aligned with all members going in the same direction, more attuned so that team members feel connected to one another, and from this, teams accelerate into high performance. Their team dynamics improve dramatically, they can discuss big or delicate team issues in an objective way, and they make changes, adjustments and advancements as needed. This process is illuminating, productive, and highly engaging. When using the Enneagram with teams, you can take one of two paths: basic team building or advanced team development.
Basic Team Building (steps 1 and 2)
Team building with the Enneagram enhances team cohesion, increases communication, and encourages effective conflict resolution.
Step 1 | Introduce the Enneagram and Identify Enneagram Types|
We use interactive activities for type identification.
Step 2 | Understand the 9 Types and How They Interact
Through engaging exercises, explore how the 9 types interact, including communication, conflict, differing workstyles or feedback.
If what you want is only team building, you can stop here!
Advanced Team Development (Steps 1-3 A, B and C)
If you want to address specific team challenges and opportunities, you continue to step 3.
Step 3 A | Determine if You Are a Group or a Team
Step 3 B | If a Team, Identify Where You Are on the Team Transformation Model
Step 3 C | Take Concrete Steps Toward Becoming a High-Performing Team
In Steps 3 A, B and C, the Enneagram is used throughout to assist team development in the following areas:
- Team goals
- Interdependence levels
- Stages of team development
- Roles on teams
- Conflict resolution
- Decision making
We also use team maps to illustrate each team member’s Enneagram type on the Enneagram symbol, then analyze how the perspectives of each type have created the team’s current dynamics and what can be done to enhance team performance.
How Using the Enneagram Enhances Team Performance
These are the team benefits of using the Enneagram, according to the 2022 global survey of almost 800 people worldwide. The percentage number reflects the percentage of global respondents indicating this factor was a strong benefit of using the Enneagram with teams.
“Ginger’s programs are inspiring, engaging, and door-opening. They give me not only a lot of awareness about myself and others, but are also a key to how I can develop and evolve, whether in a team or as a person.”
~ Caroline Tanja Banz, Enneagram coach, trainer and consultant, and founder of Be Your True Self
Video: The Enneagram and Team Development
Our IEA-accredited Team Transformations program is available to the public. Details here.