If you are sometimes surprised by how accurate numerology or horoscopes can be at predicting things, you’ll be amazed at how spot-on the Enneagram is at describing you.
Long considered one of the most powerful tools for personal growth, the Enneagram shines a light on our strengths and weaknesses allowing us to become happier people both at home and at work.
What’s the secret? It all starts with a simple personality test to determine which one of nine distinct personality profiles is most like you.
For example, you might be an Enthusiastic Visionary – a number seven. At his or her best, the Enthusiastic Visionary is playful and spontaneous. At worst, he or she can be impulsive and uncommitted.
Or you could be a nine – the Adaptive Peacemaker, known to be self-aware and vibrant or stubborn and procrastinating.
According to the Enneagram, each personality type has a distinct way of thinking and behaving based on inner motivations and patterns. Understanding your particular type, can allow you to let go of negative personality traits and get on the road to reaching your true potential.
Understanding your personality type can also help you tune into the three centers of wisdom found in your head, heart, and belly. Ancient cultures recognized the importance of these three centers and today’s neuroscientists have identified neurological networks in all three areas. How does the Enneagram fit in? Each of the nine Enneagram personalities is made up of a different combination of the three wisdom centers. Students of the Enneagram learn how to enlist their trio of wisdom centers to help in solving both life’s big and little problems.
This evening talk provides a practical introduction to the Enneagram system.
The Enneagram gave me a completely new way into seeing some aspects of myself. I’ve done many assessments before but this one is unique in that is shines a light into the corners of our personality that are easy to ignore. Sometimes those places hold the key to change.
—Karen G., retail leader, EILEEN FISHER Inc.
The Enneagram is more than a personality quiz. By taking the assessment — and answering as truthfully as possible — I’ve rediscovered aspects of my inner being that I’d forgotten about (or had pushed aside!). It is both illuminating and affirming, revealing areas of exploration that could unlock my true potential as an individual and a leader. The more I delve in, the more there is to learn. It is a journey that I can take in whole or in part, but either way it is mine to embrace.
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, PhD, is founder of MetaIntegral, a training academy, a consulting firm, and a non-profit. He specializes in supporting leaders, teams, and organizations to navigate complexity through developmental and integrative methodologies and practices, including a focus on embodiment and presence. Over the last two decades Sean has worked with extensively with the Enneagram system in a number of contexts: teaching graduate-level students, coaching individuals, and consulting organizations. His main focus is on using the Enneagram for deep integrative transformation and embodied leadership development. Sean is a prolific writer and editor and has published more than 30 articles and 7 books on leadership and organizational development.