What’s Your Number, Part 2, By Karen Leland

Karen Leland
Karen Leland

The Enneagram helps people learn to see their particular motivations and habits, which is the first step in learning life balance.

What Enneagram style are you? Read on for a short explanation of each of the nine types.

Type One-Reformer. Their focus is to make the world ‘right’ in their eyes.  They are conscientious, principled and can be very purpose-driven.

Type Two-Helper. Their focus is to take care of others needs in an effort to feel loved and accepted. They are generous, empathetic and can be very humble.

Type Three-Achiever. To be perceived as successful in the eyes of others is their goal.  They are assertive, like to be the best, and have a focus on winning.

Type Four-Individualist. Artistic, with an eye for beauty, this type is highly attuned to their own emotions and that of others. They are the consummate romantic and can retreat into their inner fantasy world.

Type Five-Investigator. With a passion for knowledge/ideas, and an ability to focus along with a keen intellect this type is a visionary, able to articulate whole new paradigms. They have also earned a reputation as the ‘absent-minded’ professor.

Type Six-Loyalist. Full of courage and ability to stay the course, this type is trustworthy and self-reliant. When not filled with doubt they are very decisive and committed.

Type Seven-The Enthusiast. Joyful, playful and spontaneous this type has an ability to savor the richness of the world. If not distracted or scattered, they have huge potential for accomplishment.

Type Eight-The Challenger. They are self-determining, big-hearted and powerful. At times their need for control can be overwhelming.

Type Nine-The Peacemaker. Peace and harmony is the driver for a Nine. At their best they are patient, unpretentious and have the ability to recognize the highest potential in others.

How does knowing what Enneagram style you are help create a more balanced life?

The Enneagram helps people learn to see their particular motivations and habits, which is the first step in learning balance. For example, if you’re basic desire is to feel needed by others, you might say ‘yes’ to additional work, far more than is healthy. In this case, learning to say ‘no’ would create more balance and satisfaction.

What are two or three books you recommend on the Enneagram?

Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Riso and Russ Hudson, and Enneagram of Liberation. Also, If you go to www.internationalenneagram.org you will find a host of tapes that you can listen to on sessions with some leading experts that can help guide you in this most intriguing exploration of your own type and the overall system itself.

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Karen Leland is the bestselling author of six books including Time Management In An Instant: 60 Ways to Make the Most of Your Day.  She is the co-founder of Sterling Consulting Group, which helps organizations and individuals learn how to fight distraction and find their focus in a wired world. For more information please contact: kleland@scgtraining.com