The Enneagram

What is it?

The Enneagram is a system of personality typing and personal growth that has deep historical and spiritual roots.  The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words “ennea”, which means nine, and “gram” which means something drawn.  Thus, the “Enneagram” is a 9 pointed symbol that is contained in a circle.   First appearing in the Odyssey by Homer, the nine points represent personality styles, each with distinct habits, patterns, and ways of being.

The Enneagram is a uniquely potent tool when it is understood and used for self-recognition, reflection, and change.  The symbol offers real insight into the motivations and ways in which we behave.  Equally significant, it offers us pathways for evolutionary and revolutionary growth and transformation.

Why is it important?

From Catherine Robinson-Walker:  “In all my years of leadership and coaching experience, I have yet to find a system that more accurately pinpoints our personality patterns, and the ways in which those patterns can inadvertently prevent us from reaching our full potential as human beings.  I have been studying and using the Enneagram for a decade, earning multiple certifications during that time.  I am very impressed with the changes that my clients and colleagues have made as we work together using the Enneagram’s principles, direction, and wisdom as our guide.    It is my favorite method for understanding our motivations, our barriers, and our ways forward.

If you are serious about more deeply comprehending how you operate – and why – and you are equally serious about growing as an individual and as a leader, I invite you to work with the Enneagram and me.  You will see yourself through a fresh lens with a skilled Enneagram practitioner who will work with you to understand and come into right relationship with yourself and the world around you.”

Here are just some of the benefits you can expect.  You will:

  • Be freer to make choices that are in your best interest, instead of choices that are based on unconscious motivations and reactions.
  • Remember and have access to life-giving parts of yourself that have been out of reach or buried.
  • Understand and develop skills to be in right relationship with yourself and the rest of your world.
  • Take thoughtful, skilled action based on all of the above.