I first heard about the enneagram personality test over dinner last week with the MyBuys.com executive team. It takes its name from the geometric nine-sided star polygon since there are nine personality types, or enneatypes: Reformer, Helper, Achiever, Individualist, Investigator, Loyalist, Enthusiast, Challenger, Peacemaker. My Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is ENTJ, the Field Marshall, so I wasn’t surprised by the results:
Enneagram Test Results
| Type 3
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| Type 5
| Type 7
| Type 8
| Type 9
Your main type is 8
Your variant is sexual
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Other famous Type 8s include Martin Luther King, Jr. and Saddam Hussein. I relate more to Mr. King. According to the Enneagram Institute, a Type 8 with a Seven-Wing is the Maverick. Since Type 7 was one of my highest scoring dimensions, that seems to apply. It reminds me of a performance appraisal I had 15 years ago with my second-line manager that started like this:
Manager: “Jeff, you are a maverick.”
Me: “Why, thank you!”
Manager: “I didn’t mean that as a compliment.”
It went downhill from there. My manager, Sharon, told me I should take the rest of the day off and apologized for the hatchet job. She was as surprised as I was. But I had a deliverable and worked all night to complete it instead. I guess that’s what mavericks do. I had a new job within the company less than 48 hours later, but she refused to release me for over 4 months. She must have valued me after all. I don’t even remember her name.
If you take the test yourself, please comment and tell me if you think it’s accurate and insightful. For me, it was dead on. The more we understand about ourselves and those around us, the more effective and happy we can become.
For more information about the enneagram, check out a book by two of the creators – The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types
PS – If you happen to be the manager that gave me that performance appraisal 15 years ago – “Thank You!” By pushing me to leave, I made the most positive turn I ever made in my career. You inadvertently brought me a great deal of success.