How to Improve Communication With Riso-Hudson Enneagram
Twice, I have read the book, Discovering Your Personality Type, based on the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator. It is a fascinating book that discusses nine personality types. Based on my understanding of it, I believe it can be used in conceiving, creating, designing and delivering information to an audience.
The more I think about the book, the more I believe that each personality type underlies the way we make sense of life around us (assimilate) and the way we relate our understanding and information to others (communicate) with others. In this post, I examine three personality types: The Reformer, The Mentor and The Achiever:
But first, what is the enneagram? It is a geometric figure that explains nine basic personalities of human nature and how these interrelate to other others of similar or dissimilar characteristics.
Reformers are very a principled type. They are perfectionist and are concerned about maintaining order, focus, details and improving procedures. As communicators, they pay close attention to every segment of the system. Ideally, they are role models, however their extra drive can dissuade others or exclude those with moderate personalities.
For reformers to be more effective at communication, they need to recognize that not all members of their audience are as equally driven or committed to the entire system, as they are. Thus, they must cut some slack, else lose part of their flock.
Mentors are generally a very helpful and supportive interpersonal type. They tend to be generous, people-centered and are sensitive to the needs of others. Their strength is that they see the goodness in others, can be warm, personable and good at networking. One of their greatest setbacks is their inability to say no to requests and they dislike impersonal rules and work situations.
For mentors to be better communicators, they need to pay attention to using their strength of empathy to connect with more members of the audience. However, they must also learn to reject demands they can not fulfill.
Achievers are a very ambitious, focused and image-driven type. They know how to work effectively to get the job done. Being image-conscious beings, they project themselves positively to get the best of themselves. The down side is that they can be workaholics and are driven by the need for personal advancement. Given their drive, they are inspiring role models.
For them to be better communicators, they can use their accomplishments as fine examples, however they must remember that they need to project more of their humility, otherwise they will appear arrogant.