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Personality Assessments Deliver Value in the Workplace

Quartz Editorial Team

Quartz Editorial Team


Self Awareness is a critical skill that leads to success in the workplace. Understanding what motivates you and how you respond to the world around you is not just a sign of emotional intelligence, it can reveal how you will perform professionally and whether you will mesh with coworkers. 

Disney, Stanford Business School, and Salesforce are just a few of the leading companies who use the Enneagram personality assessment in their hiring process. This tool consists of nine personality types and each type provides insight into someone’s communication style, values at work, team roles, and much more.

The Personality Types

Enneagram is an ancient Greek word that translates to nine figures. The assessment focuses on what motivates you and how you interact with others in order to classify you into one of these nine core personality types:

  1. The Challenger
  2. The Peacemaker
  3. The Reformer
  4. The Helper
  5. The Achiever
  6. The Individualist
  7. The Investigator
  8. The Loyalist
  9. The Enthusiast

Chris Heinz, Chief People Officer at EnergyCAP, Inc., uses the Enneagram to create an award-winning workplace. In a recent Quartz Network presentation, he took a deep dive into each type and how the tool can be helpful in the workplace. 

Each of the nine types have their own set of strengths and weaknesses, and the key is employing a variety of personality types. “You want to have as much capability, nuance, variety, richness that you can, so that there can be greater contributions overall,” Heinz said. “Each type does bring great work value.”

Each personality type is dominated by a natural way of responding to situations. This falls under the three Enneagram Centers of Intelligence:

  1. The Gut Center – Acting
  2. The Heart Center – Feeling
  3. The Head Center – Thinking

Enneagram in the Workplace

Fostering the strengths and minimizing shortfalls of your employees creates a healthy workplace.

“You can see the immense value that each type can bring to the workplace team as well as to the tasks at hand,” Heinz explains.

Watch the presentation to learn how the Enneagram personality test can improve your workplace