You may have heard of the DISC and Enneagram personality tests, or maybe you've even taken one of them to determine your unique personality type. But have you ever considered how these two tests, when combined, can significantly improve your communication skills? In this hot take, we're going to explore how understanding your DISC and Enneagram personality types can elevate your communication game to the next level.
First, let's understand the basics. The DISC assessment is a personality profiling tool that identifies four primary personality traits: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. The Enneagram, on the other hand, is a model of human personality that describes nine interconnected personality types. While the DISC focuses on communication and behavior styles, the Enneagram delves deeper into core motivations and fears.
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Now, you may be wondering why we need two separate tests to improve our communication style. Well, the truth is that understanding both your DISC and Enneagram profiles allows you to create a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of your communication style.
Here's how you can use Enneagram and DiSC to improve your communication
1. Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
By combining your DISC and Enneagram results, you'll get a clearer picture of your unique communication strengths and weaknesses. DISC helps you understand your natural behavioral tendencies, while the Enneagram provides insight into your deeper motivations and fears. This combination enables you to know when you're at your best and when you might be struggling, allowing you to make adjustments to optimize your communication style.
2. Speak the Language of Others
It's not enough to know your own personality type—you need to understand the personality types of those around you to communicate effectively. By learning about the DISC and Enneagram types of your peers, coworkers, friends, and family members, you'll be better equipped to speak their language and adapt your communication style to suit their preferences. This will lead to more effective conversations, stronger connections, and better collaboration.
3. Avoid Miscommunication
Miscommunication often stems from a lack of understanding of each other's communication styles. Combining DISC and Enneagram knowledge can help you avoid misunderstandings by giving you the tools to recognize and respect the diverse communication preferences of others. This will ultimately lead to fewer communication breakdowns and help you navigate challenging conversations with more ease.
4. Boost Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. By understanding your DISC and Enneagram personality types, you can enhance your emotional intelligence by being more self-aware, empathetic, and adaptable in your communication style. This will not only make you a more effective communicator but also a more emotionally intelligent individual, which is crucial for personal and professional success.
5. Foster a Culture of Understanding
When a team understands each other's DISC and Enneagram personality types, they can communicate more effectively, work together more harmoniously, and appreciate each other's unique strengths and weaknesses. This leads to increased collaboration, reduced conflict, and a more inclusive and understanding work environment.
So how can you begin to integrate DISC and Enneagram knowledge into your communication toolbox?
Here are a few tips:
- Take both the DISC and Enneagram assessments to determine your unique personality types.
- Study your results to better understand your communication style, strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and fears.
- Learn about the DISC and Enneagram personality types of those around you—your coworkers, friends, and family members.
- Practice adapting your communication style to suit the preferences of others
What if I want to get better at communicating with my team?
Both the DISC and the Enneagram tests are designed to assess an individual's personality, and they can be valuable tools for doing so. They can also shed light on interpersonal relationships, and the points of friction that may emerge in 1-on-1 interactions. However, despite how frequently both tests are administered in the workplace, neither of them is well-suited for understanding the nuances of group dynamics that sit at the heart of most modern, team-based work.
That’s why we built TeamDynamics. TeamDynamics helps you objectively assess, describe, and act on the unique ways in which your team interacts to accomplish its shared work. Put differently, TeamDynamics describes your team chemistry.
Equipped with your TeamDynamics, you can take action to improve your group dynamics and performance:
- Build your team by defining team culture and values, setting actionable team norms, and conducting high-impact team offsites;
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And much more!