The Enneagram: 9 Ways of Viewing The World

Imagine if you had a system for knowing what makes people tick. A system that allows you to bring out the best in others, tap into their strengths and navigate through their challenges. Not only that, a system that will teach you, as much if not more about yourself. Welcome to the Enneagram! It is a dynamic system of nine personality styles that provides this insight and knowledge. It is widely known as one of the most powerful tools for personal and professional development. In fact, we were so impressed with the Enneagram’s depth of knowledge, practicality and resourcefulness, it has been an integral part of our business for over 20 years.

Learning your Enneagram Style opens many doors for: self-knowledge and personal development, understanding and appreciating others, communicating effectively, increasing emotional and social intelligence, authentic leadership, resolving conflict, engagement and motivation, transparency and authenticity, compassion and deepened spirituality.

It is currently being used in many fields and disciplines, among them are business, education, sales, medicine, coaching, consulting and therapy. One of the reasons it is recognized as a valuable tool for business is the correlation between the Enneagram and the number one predictor of leadership success, emotional intelligence. EQ is a combination of intrapersonal intelligence, understanding and managing yourself and interpersonal intelligence, understanding and effectively communicating with others. In addition to being taught in Standford Business School, it is used in top companies such as ATT, The Federal Reserve Bank, the Walt Disney Company, Silicon Graphics, Hewlett Packard, Sony, Kaiser Permanente Research Center, and the CIA, which uses it to predict the behavior of foreign leaders.

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What is the Enneagram?          

The Enneagram offers a unique model of nine ways of being in the world. It is a key that opens the door to a deep understanding of oneself and the connections among patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. Originally developed as a blueprint for self-observation, the system describes nine distinct personality styles and how they interact with one another.

This system provides a thorough foundation for understanding why people behave the way that they do. The Enneagram is considered one of the most accurate and useful systems available to help develop both emotional and social intelligence, which is why companies all over the world are embracing it, specifically in the areas of communication skills, conflict resolution, coaching, leadership development, team coherence, strategic planning, and organizational culture change.

Enneagram (“ANY-a-gram) is derived from two Greek words ennea, (“nine”) and gram (something written or drawn”) and refers to the nine points on the Enneagram model.  The Enneagram first, assumes nine unique ways of experiencing the world and second, describes how each style functions and how they interact with one another. It offers profound insights into the nine very different ways in which people think, feel, and behave. The premise is that each of us has a unique professional style or in other words we each have a unique method in managing ourselves and conducting ourselves in our work environment. The way we act is a direct expression of our professional style.

Socrates said “Know Thyself.” He furthered this thought with “The unexamined life is not worth living.” If you do know yourself then you will know your thoughts, feelings, desires and motivations and you will have a good idea of just how you will react given a particular situation. If you have a very direct and assertive manner the chances are fairly high that you will also be direct and assertive in your professional style.  Self-awareness is an essential part of bringing out the best in ourselves and others. It allows us the freedom and flexibility needed to choose how we want to respond in a work situation versus reacting habitually. This is the basis of emotional and social intelligence, the top predictors of leadership success across any industry.

Helen Palmer-A noted author of the Enneagram says “The Enneagram is one of the few systems that concerns itself with high-functioning behavior rather than pathology, and that it condenses a great deal of wisdom into a compact system that is relatively easy to understand.” Conventional theories related to psychology and professional development can often be beneficial in assisting us to develop insights into why we act and feel as we do. However, they do not necessarily give us the tools to transform some parts of ourselves that may keep us complacent and unhappy. The Enneagram is an effective tool, which guides us to change these parts of ourselves that keep us from experiencing freedom of choice, responsible communication, self-confidence, success and unlimited abundance. 

Origin

The Enneagram goes back many centuries and according to most researchers its roots lie in Asia and the Middle East. It has also been reported that it was once reserved only for a king’s use because of its power.  A king was able to have a strong knowledge of his leaders and subjects simply by knowing their style.

Since the 1930’s the Enneagram has been studied and refined throughout modern culture. Presently, numerous individuals continue to expand and deepen our knowledge of Enneagram theory and practice. Because the Enneagram is both powerful and easy to use, it is becoming increasingly popular internationally as it accurately describes people of every culture. The Enneagram style remains the same across cultures given it relates to an individual’s underlying personality dynamics and motivations.

The Nine Professional Styles

One – Idealist

Two – Promoter

Three – Performer

Four – Creator

Five – Thinker

Six – Loyalist

Seven – Optimist

Eight – Asserter

Nine – Mediator

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