This months blog from Catherine Bell (excerpt below), featured on the Enneagram in Business website talks about both authenticity and transformation relating to herself as both a leader and an Enneagram type 8. She then begs the question of all leaders about how we all can be more authentic, and therefore initiate the transformation process. In the full version of the blog, found here, Ginger goes on to give tips on how each of the three Enneagram instincts can access a center that is not their typical “home base”.
This is a picture of an Inuksuk. The Inuksuk in Canada can represent leadership, cooperation, human spirit, or be a guidepost of a special symbolic location. This month, let’s explore some daily routines or practices that help us be more whole as leaders, embodying the different layers of leadership. For some, ”more”whole can mean more balanced; for others, it means showing up a little more fully.
As a Social Eight, my (Catherine Bell’s) energy has a natural outward flow, and through knowing the Enneagram, I can, on occasion, catch myself in the act of being too aggressive, having feelings of rejection, or pulling away to think things through. A number of weeks ago, I started the Presence Process by Michael Brown. One of the processes is two 15-minute meditations where the breath is synchronized with saying, I am here in this. Since starting the process, I have been deeper in my body and, as a result, more real to who I am. I asked Dick Schulte, an EIBN (Enneagram in Business Network) Associate Member and coach about the processes or practices he uses in coaching and in his work with teams to allow authenticity and transformation to bubble up and bubble down.
Here’s what Dick said:
“Much of the work I do with leaders to catalyze authenticity and transformation centers on assisting them in understanding how their behaviors impact others in the workplace. The Enneagram is the perfect place to begin because it creates a platform for clarity around self and behaviors that can hinder performance, which can lead to a genuine desire to improve as a leader. The question for the leader(s) then becomes, what does authenticity look like for me? And, how can I show up with my best self at work so I can be more effective? We then focus them on shifting out of non-productive or ’being right’ behaviors they may be engaged in at times to authentic ones. Such as:
Being Right Behaviors Authentic Behaviors
Blaming and complaining to… Taking 100% responsibility for themselves
Concealing to… Candor and revealing
Notoriety to… Appreciation and gratitude
Defensiveness and withdrawal to… Courageous collaboration
Comparison and power to… Acceptance and empowerment
Being smart or clever to… Seeking knowledge and wisdom
Resentment and vengeance to… Forgiveness and setting boundaries
From a practice perspective, we ask leaders to then employ a mantra that fits for their particular behavior(s) when they catch themselves (or get caught!) in ’being right:’ These mantras can sound something like this:
I am grounded and resilient.
I get the job done.
I am an enthusiastic motivator.
I am patient with others and myself.
I appreciate others’ gifts and perspectives.
I take myself lightly.
I trust others to take care of themselves.
I nurture myself.
I choose to collaborate.
I choose to be curious and open.
For leaders, recognizing what authenticity looks like for them, committing to making a positive shift over time and employing a mantra to support their work IS the act of transformation. It begins the process of becoming more human and more effective in their leadership roles.”
What practices and processes would you recommend to individuals of the three different instincts (Head, Heart, and Body)?
What would you recommend as different leadership practices to different Enneagram Types?
What different layers of leadership do you witness in yourself?
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