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The Enneagram and Leadership

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by Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhDThe Enneagram in Business Mini-Book©2023 The Enneagram in BusinessThe Enneagramand Leadership

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Leaders who think they areleading and have no one followingthem are only taking a walk.~ Malawi proverb“Do you know what leadership is?” I once asked thisquestion to Warner Burke PhD, author of numerousleadership books and considered to be a leadershipauthority. “Why are there thousands of leadershipbooks available and in almost every language?”His answer was straightforward: “Because no onereally knows what leadership is!” At first, I found his answer perplexing, but alsoinsightful. What leadership really is depends on somany factors.

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Leadership and the EnneagramWhen asked to describe their leadership style, mostleaders – even the most savvy – feel perplexed. Oftenthe answer is very short and may be based onfeedback they’ve received. However, our leadershipstyle actually grows directly from our Enneagram styleand is surprisingly clear. And from this clarity canemerge immense acceptance for our strengths andthe possibility of transformative growth.The Enneagram’s leadership application enablesindividuals to understand the nine different leadershipparadigms and their related leadership strengths andpotential derailers; the predictable behaviors ofleaders of each type; and the best developmentactivities to enhance your leadership capability basedon your Enneagram type. In addition, the Enneagramcan be used to develop very specific leadershipcompetencies, from driving for results to strategicplanning, leading high-performing teams, and more.Find out about the leadership strengths, challengesand development tips for each Enneagram type in thefollowing pages.

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1Type OneLeadershipStrengthsLead through example, organization, consistency,responsibility, pragmatism, and attention to detailChallengesBeing reactive and critical, overly involved inoperational details, opinionated, and inflexibleDevelopment TipsLearn to delegate, even the work you enjoy doing,without hovering or constantly checking up onothers

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2Type TwoLeadershipStrengthsLead through motivation, developing excellentrelationships, supportiveness, and resourcefulnessChallengesBeing overly relationship-focused, havingdifficulty saying no or setting boundaries, andbeing too involvedDevelopment TipsFocus on tasks equally with the relationshipaspects of leading, take time for yourself to rest,eat and relax

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3Type threeLeadershipStrengthsLead through clear goals, focus, entrepreneurialspirit, energy, and “can-do” attitudeChallengesBeing too competitive, abrupt when stressed,impatient with lengthy conversations, and over-workingDevelopment TipsIdentify less with your work as the primary senseof who you are and the value you bring

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4Type fourLeadershipStrengthsLead through values-based vision, creativity,inspiration, compassion, and interpersonalconnectednessChallengesBeing too intense or moody, over-emphasizefeelings, over-sensitive, and withdrawnDevelopment TipsFocus less on yourself, your feelings, and theemotions of others, and more on the task at hand

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5Type FiveLeadershipStrengthsLead through research and planning, logical insightand analysis, objectivity, and expertiseChallengesBeing detached, remote or aloof, overlyindependent, discomfort engaging others, andoverly cerebralDevelopment TipsGain greater access to your emotional state inreal-time and trust your body instincts more

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6Type sixLeadershipStrengthsLead through collaborative, creative problem-solving, risk assessment, loyalty, and perseveranceChallengesBeing too wary and cautious or too risk-taking, toocompliant or too defiant, and projecting feelingsand thoughtsDevelopment TipsAsk fewer “what ifs” and more “why nots” as youapproach leadership challenges

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7Type sevenLeadershipStrengthsLead through innovation, high energy, ideageneration, enthusiasm, curiosity, and engagementChallengesBeing impulsive and unfocused, avoiding difficultissues, rationalizing, and lack of thorough follow-upDevelopment TipsTalk less, listen more, stand still, and focus onexecution equally with idea generation

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8Type eightLeadershipStrengthsLead through strategic vision, understandinginfluence networks, honesty, boldness, and actionChallengesBeing controlling and demanding, agitated withslow pace or lack of big action, and being highlyover-extendedDevelopment TipsLearn to forgive and forget, remembering thatthere are multiple, valid perspectives, and inviteconversation

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9Type nineLeadershipStrengthsLead through diplomacy, consensus, inclusiveness,patience, respect for others, and consistencyChallengesBeing unassertive, conflict-avoidant, overlyaccommodating, and being indecisive or low energyDevelopment TipsBelieve in yourself, honor what you have to offer asa leader, and share your point of view with others

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ABOUT THE ENNEAGRAM IN BUSINESSEstablished in 2004 by Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, The Enneagram inBusiness offers excellent quality, state-of the-art products and services.Our vision is to help elevate consciousness globally using theEnneagram integrated with other innovative approaches; our mission isto provide an abundance of Enneagram-based resources for use aroundthe world. These include the following:» Nine Enneagram books, including several best sellers» Full-color Enneagram training tools, both in hard copy and virtual formats» Global Enneagram certification programs for consultants, trainers, andcoaches» Premier leadership development and team development offerings» Training, coaching and consulting services, both virtual and in-person» A comprehensive, interactive online Enneagram Learning Portal (ELP)» A global network of over 70 top-quality Enneagram professionals(EIBN)ENNEAGRAM BOOKS by Ginger-Lapid-BogdaBringing Out the Best in Yourself at WorkWhat Type of Leader Are You?Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You CoachThe Enneagram Development GuideConsulting with the EnneagramThe Enneagram Coloring BookThe Art of TypingThe Art of the Enneagram (co-authored with Russell Tres Bogda)Transform Your Team with the | | | 510.570.2971