Strategies

Preferred Strategy: Striving to be Excited

Our greatest strength, but also our biggest problem when over-used.

Support Strategy: Striving to be Perfect

Feels comfortable, but problematic when unconsciously over-used.

Neglected Strategy: Striving to be Detached

We are uncomfortable with it at important times, so we often don’t use it effectively. We will under-use it or use it awkwardly.

Instinct Ordering

Dominant: Navigating

N7s have a nonconscious bias toward focusing on issues related to this domain.

Secondary or “Adolescent territory”: Transmitting

N7s are drawn to “transmitting” but often have mixed feelings toward and shadow issues in this area.

Tertiary or Underdeveloped: Preserving

Ns usually don’t pay much attention to this domain.

Overview: N7s navigate the social domain by striving to be excited. Like all Navigators, they are instinctively attuned to issues of hierarchy, identity, status, group mores, and interpersonal relationships. N7s approach these issues through a strategy of striving to be excited, seeking stimulation through their interactions with other people. N7s mix an easy-going charm and likability with a slight social restraint; they may hold back when first entering the group but once they feel comfortable they are usually talkative and openly curious about others. They like to talk, but they are intensely curious and often want to know about others so they ask a lot of questions and try to get others to participate as well. Their curiosity about the world extends in many directions and they are often well-informed on a variety of topics and can bounce from topic to topic easily. They tend to be very conscious of what people think about them, and work to maintain an upbeat, approachable persona.
When viewed from the perspective of Enneagram wing theory, N7s often seem to have both wings; they can be socially outgoing and ambitious, making them look like the have an Eight wing, but can also inwardly lack confidence and seek support and confirmation from others, giving the appearance of Six.  

At work: The biggest challenge N7s face is not getting bored with the details of their every day work. They tend to like challenges and puzzles, so they can throw themselves deeply into something new and be absorbed for long stretches of time if appropriately challenged. However, they can become quickly bored when they think they have solved the problem or mastered the task. They thrive in roles that bring them fresh experiences, and at jobs that involve a lot of interaction with other people. They are typically well-liked by their coworkers because they are upbeat and pleasant, although coworkers may become frustrated by the N7’s relatively short attention span, inattention to details, and high need for change.
Leadership Style: N7s can be very inspirational leaders and are often driven to succeed. They stretch the group to high standards and ambitious goals. They usually have a “common touch” and seem to be able to easily relate to people at all levels of the organization. Sometimes, their goals are more aspirational than realistic. Their need for change can frustrate subordinates, however, and they have to be careful to avoid changing their minds on people too quickly or changing the direction or the organization too impulsively. They are at their best as leaders when they have strong administrative support and people to focus on day-to-day execution.
Working with N7s: N7s tend to be easy to work with because they combine approachability with infectious optimism. They want recognition but usually don’t feel the need to dominate the group or be the obvious “star.” This makes them good members of a team, although they can become quickly frustrated when things don’t move fast enough or get bogged down in details, or when they feel handcuffed by processes and rules. They may give the appearance of being team players but go off on their own to work at their own pace.
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