When you need to get things under control—NOW!—turn to Enneagram Type 8. Type 8s are motivated to secure control of their environment and their intuition informs them what to do. No need for thinking, no need for talking, Type 8s already instinctively know what needs to be done. And they want to get to action ASAP! Their motivation to secure and maintain control will your keep projects on track and moving forward.
Excerpt from Teamwork 9.0
The external anger Type 8 wants to get started, and Step 8 is the point in problem solving where action-oriented leadership shines. With the plan in place and the resources allocated, the 8 can direct the team in executing that plan. The strength and confidence of Type 8s inspires and motivates others to follow their lead. Type 8s are not afraid to fail. If they go down a path that proves to be unproductive, they are quick to course-correct and try something new. There is little fretting or pondering; the dynamic in Step 8 is action, which the Type 8 leader delivers.
Since other types are more susceptible to a fear of failure, Type 8 in particular provides the confidence to help others overcome their inhibitions and take action. If feelings are hurt along the way, that is a price that must be paid to achieve the goal. Conflicts will arise in this step, and 8s tap into their anger-based energy and easily rise to the challenge. They can get beyond a confrontation and move on to the task at hand. They won’t let feelings get in the way of getting the job done. They tend not to take things personally, and they expect others not to either.
How do you respond when you need to get things under control? Does your intuition inform you what needs to be done? Does anger energize you to action?
So we’ll start off with the external anger types. Okay. And the thing that the 8, Type 8 wants to do is they want to be in control of their environment, right? And so they’re always concerned with how secure control they have of the environment. And when they feel that their control is threatened, their go-to tool is anger. They use anger to help them get back into control. So you’ve probably seen people do this before. So you might’ve been in a meeting and there might be a person in that meeting who all the sudden starts raising their voice, or they might start pounding the table, or they might start pointing their finger when they talk. So all of these are indications. These are all very eight type behaviors. And they’re tools that when people are in that Type 8 dynamic that they use to help get back into control. And the Type 8s, because they are informed by their intuition, they often have a sense of what to do.
Their intuition is already telling them. So they don’t need a lot of conversation. They don’t need a lot of thought. They already kind of know what to do. So they really don’t like being in long conversations because they just want to get to the point so they can get to action. And because they have this intuition telling them what to do, it gives them the sense of decisiveness and confidence, and they kind of exude this. And people sense that. And so they often become leaders. They’re these natural leaders. So you’ll see Type 8s migrate to roles, leadership roles. So you might see them as a CEO or a COO. Those are the types of roles that the Type 8 just seems to go to naturally.
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