Whether you are a bookkeeper yourself, or currently searching for one to work with your team, a bookkeeping job demands a certain amount of understanding of what makes the job and a bookkeeper fit best.
In the Myers Briggs Test for example, the two types that stand out for bookkeeping jobs are the ISFJ (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging) and ESFJ (Exroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging) types. While many of the widely accepted psychological testing methodologies today utilize highly specific and scientific sets of behavioral choices to differentiate seemingly like personality types, a similar methodology is adopted by the Enneagram.
What is the Enneagram?
According to Wikipedia, the Enneagram system of personality types is generally credited to have been developed by Bolivia-born Oscar Ichazo who started facilitating self-development programs in the 1950s. His work, along with a variety of other behavioral dimensions that Claudio Naranjo, a Chilean-born psychiatrist, also developed and taught in the United States in the early 1970s, form the basis of the Enneagram of Personality. Their combined influence has even encouraged Jesuit priests to adapt the Enneagram for use in Christian spirituality formation.
A combination of two Greek words ennea (“nine”) and grammos (“something written or drawn”), the 9 enneagram personality types represent distinct sets of thinking, feeling, and behaving:
- Type 1 Reformers
- Type 2 are the Helpers
- Type 3 are the Achievers
- Type 4 are the Individualists
- Type 5 are the Investigators
- Type 6 are the Loyalists
- Type 7 are the Enthusiasts
- Type 8 are the Challengers
- Type 9 are the Peacemakers
In Part 1, we examined how the Enneagram system of personality types clearly shows a correlation between Type Six enneatype and the challenges of a bookkeeping job. In this installment we will be looking at another suggested type, Type Nine, and in Part 3 also look at how these two types are projected to perform in an online, outsourced environment.
Enneagram Focus: Type Nine
Type Nine focuses on the core values of peace, understanding, harmony and mutual respect.
Nines like working harmoniously with others. They often become the bridge re-builders when bridges have been burned or singed among co-workers. They are often called upon to mediate conflicts and facilitate conversations among family and friends, so there is absolutely no reason they won’t be doing it in the office.
Nines feel supremely satisfied when they can get others to reach an agreement. They promote equality, peaceful harmonious relations and encourage all people to treat one another with respect. When a situation comes up where there seems to be an irreconcilable difference, the conflict and its attendant tensions are usually eased by their presence. If they are unable to influence outcomes, nines become extremely uncomfortable and feel underutilised despite their determination to be steadfastly dedicated to their jobs.
Most days Nines are calm, agreeable and often quite complacent. Nines are a reassuring and easygoing bunch, accommodating and receptive of new group members or changes in opinions. They dislike disliking tension and conflict however, since they are most attracted to maintaining the harmony and stability within a group. They do this by emphasizing the positive side of things so that differences are downplayed. They are supportive and inclusive, so they are able to work well with everyone, humbly allowing others to shine, as they determinedly meticulous.
When they avoid asserting themselves too often, they may suddenly start feeling resentful, becoming secretly angry with others and themselves as a result. This can deteriorate into busy-ness or pretending to work, or making unnecessary work for themselves. Only at their worst can they further degrade into becoming unproductively passive and seriously neglectful.
The best reason to have a Nine on your team is the big plus they can bring to a team in transition, a team composed of many different personalities: Nines bring people together in a peaceful but dynamic way and create even more stability for the team.