The Enneagram teaches emotional intelligence and helps us to significantly expand our personal relationship, management, and decision-making skills by learning about the the nine human personality styles (or types). It improves our understanding of ourselves and others by outlining what drives each style to act, feel, and think certain ways.  Each style has a particular set of positive traits, as well as characteristics that can cause personal and working relationship issues. 

The Enneagram is useful in Leadership Development, Team Building, Communication, Conflict Resolution, and more.  This system is taught in a wide range of venues, such as at Disney, Intuit, Apple, the Stanford MBA program, Harvard Law school, and every school teacher in Prague. It is also used by the CIA to predict the behavior of world leaders. Many managers, therapists, and coaches use the Enneagram in their work and find it to be the most effective tool available for developing positive change and awareness.

The study of the Enneagram makes it possible to stop the automatic pattern of the style so self-management improves. Change is frequently more about noticing and halting specific habits rather than actively doing something.

Knowing one’s style helps break core, unhelpful patterns and begin

more effective ways of living and relating with others.


Each style has a particular view of the world that drives their behavior.  These views  narrow our opportunities for alternative ways to relate to others and can lead to poor decisions and conflict. The nine styles, and their basic way of operating in the world are driven by the following behavior:

Style 1 - The Perfectionists - Being good and doing things right.
Style 2 - The Givers - Taking care of others' needs at the expense of their own needs.
Style 3 - The Performers - Working to be successful and present a good image.
4 - The Romantics - Searching for the idealized love or situation.
5 - The Observers - Conserving their energy and resources.
6 - The Loyal Skeptics - Planning for potential hazards & searching for certainty.
7 - The Epicures - Ensuring they have many options and interesting activities.
8 - The Protectors - Gaining personal power and control, and reversing injustices.
9 - The Mediators - Blending with others' agendas and going along with others.

The Enneagram describes the CORE motivation of each style and how what we do may give us the opposite of what we want.  Development comes from noticing the unconscious habits of the style and choosing a different way to respond.  We can also improve our working relationships by learning about the anger (hot) buttons for each style, the best ways to approach each style when in conflict, and how to deliver constructive feedback by style so others will be more willing to hear what we say.  This process brings effective rewards in our professional and personal lives.

For example, Twos may focus on connecting with others by helping them  Style Two can begin noticing when they want to offer assistance when it was not requested. Style Two may become angry if the person does not appreciate their efforts and the other person may feel intruded upon.  Style Two continues to feel angry because of "after all I have done for you." The other may see the Two as needy for approval and praise and not helpful, thus causing friction. This is the opposite of what the Two wanted to begin with. 
Checking if the other person wants help first can prevent this common scenario.

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