Understanding Yourself and Others Using The Enneagram

I believe that the health of company is directly related to the health of it’s leader. Therefore, my primary strategy, as a Vistage Chair, is to help my members learn and grow so that they can become better leaders.

I became a Vistage Chair, I wanted to supplement my business background with a certification in a personality or behavioral assessment system.  I looked at the most well-known ones, such as Myers-Briggs and DISC.  None gave me insight into the motivation that drives an individual’s behavior. After researching “The Enneagram”, I found it was a great fit and, in 2009, I became a Certified Teacher.


Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” This is a great summary of The Enneagram, which is one of the world’s oldest known personality systems.  It recognizes and describes nine distinct and fundamentally different viewpoints, calledType in Enneagram lingo. Each Type has a distinct pattern of thinking, feeling and acting.

The power of The Enneagram comes from:

1)    identifying the core motivation or belief about what each of us need in life to survive and be happy and

2)    identifying the perceptual filters that shape our perception of the world.

Once we discover our own filters and triggers, we can make new choices based on our self-awareness, rather than automatically reacting.  Each type also has a blind spot, which is one focus of our self-development efforts.

Studying The Enneagram also helps us to understand and have empathy for others.

To learn more, please check out these books and websites:


The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others In Your Life, by Helen Palmer


www.enneagram.com-is a portal into the accumulated wisdom collected by Helen Palmer who has been working with the Enneagram system over thirty years. Unique to Helen’s understanding is the integration of psychology and spirituality from the perspective of the Inner Observer, also known as “witnessing consciousness”.

www.enneagramworldwide.com is the website of the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition Professional Training Program and contains more detail about the individual Types. World-renowned authors and Enneagram teachers, Helen Palmer and Dr. David Daniels, founded the training program in 1988 to certify individuals.

www.enneagramwork.com is the website of Peter O’Hanrahan who has been working with the Enneagram system for 33 years. He teaches in the United States, Europe and China. He is a training associate with Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition and the Enneagram Professional Training Program with Helen Palmer and David Daniels, MD, and is a senior associate with The Enneagram in Business founded by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD. Since 1994 he has been a professional member of the International Enneagram Association.

TheEnneagramInBusiness.com-is the website of Ginger Lapid-Bogda and provides specific information for using the Enneagram in business.

International Enneagram Association: is  an international association of members committed to furthering the theory and applications of the Enneagram.


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