The Enneagram is a profound, elegant, and pragmatic approach to understanding people and their relationships. It describes nine basic world views, nine different ways of doing business in the world. Each of the nine styles has its own natural gifts, limitations and blind spots; each has its own distinctive ways of thinking, acting and being.
The Enneagram teaches us in practical ways to see the world as others see it. You can then appreciate what others value and what they do not, and why they think, feel and act the way they do. When you know the Enneagram style of the people in your life, you can respond to their intent, instead of getting caught in their sometimes difficult or confounding behavior. You can nurture their fundamental strengths, and know in what situations they are likely to be rigid or unskillful. You can serve up your words and wisdom in a way that it can be heard, and you can inspire them from the inside out.
When you know your own Enneagram style you can get out of your own way. You can make conscious choices instead of acting on automatic. You can draw from each of the nine styles as appropriate. Most importantly, you can act with passion, compassion and clear intent.