Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Washington is a meticulous general who is far more able to question the validity of something than Tallmadge; when given ‘evidence’ of a plotted assassination attempt against him, he asks where this evidence came from and who might be behind it – he does not want to prematurely act based on faulty information. This makes him an effective, cautious, and prudent leader who wants to be kept apprised of all the details of troop movements, planned battles, and evasion tactics. He keeps track of dozens of aliases for his spies, and if he has one fault, it is his own sense of loyalty to his friends. His previous interactions with Arnold, which were mostly positive and based on what seemed to be on his part, a true friendship, blind him to Arnold’s betrayal. Washington sometimes self-references in decision making (he says it’s prudent to kill a traitorous reverend to save Abe’s cover, but “it’s a shame, I rather liked his sermons”). Cautious about the future and not likely to trust new methods until they have proven effective, Washington does not care to take risks. He does see the broader implications of his decisions but tends to trust his officers a little too much. He sees potential in Benjamin where others may not, but has little patience for “hunches” or “unproven” facts. When Benjamin insists one of Washington’s generals is a traitor, Washington tells him to find some evidence to back up his claims; he has no prior association with Abigail, does not know the circumstances in which this overheard conversation took place, etc. He insists she follow protocol and sends her an instruction booklet on the proper forms of communication and spy work. Washington is hesitant at first to embrace the spy ring, until he can see its greater potential in helping him win the war. He is objective when assessing problems and able to keep a cool head in a dispute. He makes objective decisions, including the execution of Major Andre, because he was captured as a spy carrying information behind enemy lines. Washington knows if he does not set a precedent of strong action, he will lose the respect of his men and of the king. He rarely reveals his emotions and does not like to talk about them; he only does so under great duress and even then primarily talks about the circumstances rather than the feelings themselves. Washington has a sense of himself and an honor code that he refuses to break; though he is compassionate, he will not bend the rules or be lenient toward those who threaten to usurp his authority. He believes in sending a clear message as to who is in charge (there will be no thieves among his men, and they are not to swear).
Enneagram: 1w9 sp/so
Washington is a dutiful and deeply principled man. Firm in his convictions and strong in his moral opinions, he refuses to bend to the irrational aims of other men. He does not like to question his friends or turn his back on them, but can become quietly furious over betrayal, misbehavior among his officers, or treasonous acts. Washington does not hold back in telling others his disappointment in their foolishness, their short-sightedness, or their inappropriate behaviors. He rarely shows his temper in person, but does ‘dress down’ one of his generals (whom he does not know or believe to be an enemy agent) for leaving the field of battle and showing ‘cowardice’ to their army. His 9 wing makes him have an air of unaffected calm, but also makes him somewhat idealistic. He has high expectations of others, unbound by their human follies, and is very disappointed in them, when he is proven wrong about their moral character.