Empowering Change Through the Enneagram

With its ancient roots and accurate, in-depth character descriptions, the Enneagram system of personality is a uniquely powerful growth tool that helps people develop the self-awareness and emotional intelligence that is the foundation of real change. As someone committed to my own path of growth—and to supporting others in their development—I draw on the deep wisdom encoded in the Enneagram model to encourage and facilitate positive evolution in leaders, teams, and individuals.

Empowering Change Through the Enneagram

With its ancient roots and accurate, in-depth character descriptions, the Enneagram system of personality is a uniquely powerful growth tool that helps people develop the self-awareness and emotional intelligence that is the foundation of real change. As someone committed to my own path of growth—and to supporting others in their development—I draw on the deep wisdom encoded in the Enneagram model to encourage and facilitate positive evolution in leaders, teams, and individuals.

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What is the Enneagram?

The word Enneagram derives from the Greek words ennea (“nine”) and gram (“something written or drawn”) and refers to this nine-pointed figure inscribed in a circle. The enneagram symbol conveys a great deal of knowledge about the nature of change, both in the human psyche and other natural systems.

The Enneagram describes three centers of human intelligence — the head, heart, and body — nine interconnected personality types, and 27 subtypes — three versions of each of the nine types, based on whether a person has a predominant drive toward Self-Preservation, Social interaction in groups, or One-to-One bonding.

We use the Enneagram system of personality types because we believe it is the most effective and efficient tool for accurately mapping unconscious patterns and habits. By creating a clearer picture of habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving, it aids us in seeing where we are and where and how we can develop.

Business Training

Organizations rely on people to make things happen. An abundance of research now shows that an individual’s emotional intelligence (EQ) is the key to leadership and workplace success. In working with people in business settings, we help develop individuals, teams, and organizations so that they can achieve their maximum level of growth, engagement, and effectiveness. Creating a learning culture and building in ways for people to grow and expand within the organization leads to healthier people, more cohesive teams, and a positive atmosphere, which all make for a more rewarding work experience and a more successful enterprise.

We offer a variety of trainings and interventions designed to support people at all levels of the organization increase their EQ, so they can more readily find creative ways to maximize their strengths and meet interpersonal challenges. We specialize in using the Enneagram system of personality types to enhance the self-awareness and emotional intelligence of leaders, teams, and employees through coaching, team coaching, and leadership development.

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Leadership Development

We offer one-on-one coaching, team support, and Enneagram-based development programs. The coaching process helps individuals recognize and remove barriers that block one’s ability to be an effective leader – and helps leaders enhance their ability to lead others from a place of integrity, honesty, and a deep ground of self-knowledge. We can also customize a program to suit your organization’s needs.

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Team Development

We offer half-day and one-day trainings on a variety of topics that can help deepen the Enneagram knowledge of individuals and teams and show teams how to use Enneagram insights to enhance team dynamics. Training in self-awareness and emotional intelligence followed by real-time coaching support for teams allow them to enhance their ability to work through conflicts, manage work more effectively, and increase job satisfaction.

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Employee Development

We offer coaching and trainings designed to help individual contributors leverage their strengths, meet specific challenges, and overcome obstacles to achieve greater success and satisfaction. Depending on the needs of the individual, team, or organization, we can work with employees to help them take action to reach their goals and manifest their highest potential.

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Beatrice Chestnut is extraordinarily knowledgeable about the Enneagram and was very insightful in her ability to connect content to personal experience, both hers and the members of our group. One physician leader who participated in a three-day training we did with her was overheard later describing her to some of his colleagues as the real deal. Her teaching style offered the perfect balance of essential didactic presentations, interactive discussions, and facilitated panels. This was an exceptional experience for our team and it was made even better by Beatrice’s approachable and personable style. I think everyone left the experience feeling as if they had made a new colleague and friend.

Tod Tappert, Vice President for Culture and Learning and Chief Learning Officer, Greenville Health System

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Personality Types
of the Enneagram

The Enneagram system of personality types situated around the enneagram symbol offers profound insights into the way people think, feel, and behave. It lays out nine distinct personality types and the adaptive habits, patterns of behavior, and strengths and gifts that characterize them. Its great power to create change lies in the accuracy and depth of the personality descriptions and the transformational path it offers those who wish to grow to reach their fullest potential.

  • 1. The Perfectionist

    Type One is sometimes called The Perfectionist in that they tend to view the world in terms of how it matches (or doesn’t match) what they view as perfect or ideal. Their focus of attention is on whether things are right or wrong, doing the right thing, noticing and correcting errors, and working hard to improve things. They have a strong internal critical voice that comments on the things they do, and they can be critical and judgmental of others. They usually conform to rules and standards and tend to be idealistic reformers. They are often people of high integrity. Central challenges include managing their own anger and self-criticism.

  • 2. The Befriender

    Type Two is sometimes called Givers or Helpers, but an even better title is The Befriender. They usually give strategically in that they can be afraid to ask for what they need, so they give to others as a way of making themselves important and implicitly inviting others to meet their (unspoken) needs. They tend to be friendly, upbeat, and generous (to a fault). Their focus of attention is on other people, on important relationships, and what other people think and feel about them. They pay a lot of attention to whether or not others like them and they strive to be indispensible and approved of in the eyes of others. They are very empathic with others, but they can be out of touch with their own feelings and needs and overgive compulsively to others.

  • 3. The Performer or Achiever

    Type Three is sometimes called The Performer, and they tend to view the world in terms of tasks, goals, and achieving success. Their focus of attention is being perceived as successful and getting a lot done. They are good at matching the ideal model of how something should be done in terms of material success and cultural ideals of achievement. They usually focus on doing at the expense of feeling (emotions) and being. They can have a difficult slowing down and knowing what they are feeling, but they are very good at getting a lot done in the most efficient way. Their main challenges are knowing what they really think and feel (and not just what looks good to think and feel) and slowing down and not doing anything.

  • 4. The Artist

    Type Four is sometimes called The Artist. They tend to have an artistic or aesthetic sensibility, they value emotions and authenticity, and they are typically comfortable with a wide range of emotions, including pain. Because they live more in their feelings than other people, they can at times over-identify with their emotions. They focus their attention on their own internal world, the status of their connections with others, and the aesthetic aspects of their environment. In relationships, they value depth and the genuine expression of feeling. They tend to be idealistic and creative, but they can at times get caught up in longing, melancholy, or a focus on the past.

  • 5. The Observer

    Type Five is sometimes called The Observer. They tend to be introverted and shy, and less expressive emotionally than other types. They focus their attention on thinking, on interesting intellectual pursuits and interests, and creating boundaries to maintain privacy. They often have the sense that they have a limited amount of energy and they are sensitive to other people potentially draining them of their finite stores of time of energy. They are usually well-boundaried and can withdraw to a safe place if they feel threatened by intrusion. They can be overly boundaried at times and can have a hard time sharing themselves with others in relationships.

  • 6. The Devil's Advocate / The Contrarian

    Type Six is sometimes called The Devil’s Advocate or The Contrarian because they can be contrary in their thinking. They have a rebellious streak and usually have some authority issues – both wanting a good authority and feeling a sense of mistrust in the presence of authority figures. They focus their attention on detecting threats to their safety and preparing in case something dangerous happens. They are naturally vigilant, and can be either actively fearful (phobic) or strong and intimidating as a proactive move against fear (counter-phobic). They tend to be loyal, analytical, and good at trouble-shooting, but they can also struggle with paranoia and indecision.

  • 7. The Epicure or The Adventurer

    Type Seven is sometimes called The Epicure or The Adventurer. Sevens tend to be energetic, fast-paced, and optimistic. They focus their attention on fun and stimulating things to think about and do, on creating many options, and planning. They are usually enthusiastic, fun-loving people who dislike feeling uncomfortable feelings including sadness, anxiety, boredom, or pain. They are good at reframing negatives into positives, they usually have many interests, and they usually enjoy engaging socially with others. Their central challenges include dealing with difficult or uncomfortable emotions, showing up for conflict in relationships, and focusing on one thing at a time.

  • 8. The Boss or The Challenger

    Type Eight is sometimes called The Boss or The Challenger. Eights tend to be oriented toward strength and power. Eights usually move toward conflict and confrontation more easily than other types. They also have more ready access to anger than most of the other types. Eights focus their attention on creating order out of disorder, the big picture, and who has the power. They have big energy, though they can underestimate their impact on others. They can be excessive, impulsive, generous, and protective of others. They are natural leaders, but can have a blind-spot when it comes to expressing vulnerability.

  • 9. The Mediator or The Peacemaker

    Type Nine is sometimes called The Mediator or The Peacemaker. Nines make good mediators because they can naturally see all sides of an issue and feel motivated to reduce conflict and create harmony. They are usually affable and easy-going, and they focus their attention on getting along with other people. They tend to be out of touch with their own anger and their own agenda, because having anger or strong opinions might invite conflict with others, which they dislike and so habitually avoid. Nines often have a hard time saying no and taking a stand for their own desires, and so can say yes when they mean no, and can be passive-aggressive when their unacknowledged anger leaks out or gets acted out.

Enneagram Workshops

We offer workshops and trainings throughout the year to give you access to the most current and high-quality Enneagram teachings available. Whether you are new to the Enneagram or wanting to deepen your Enneagram knowledge to guide your inner self-development work, we offer opportunities to learn about how you can use the Enneagram to become more balanced, more whole, and more content.

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Upcoming Events

August 2017

Marin Subtype Class: An Introduction to the 27 Enneagram Personalities

Harmonia Wellness Center, 2200 Marinship Way, Sausalito, California, 94965, August 24 - November 11

Taught by Beatrice Chestnut, PhD Organized by Nico Eichlseder and George Peterson   From May 25 to November 11, Beatrice Chestnut brings her deep study of the 27 personalities to the Harmonia Wellness Center in Sausalito, to share this profound and transformative element of the Enneagram with the community of interested students in and around… Read more »

September 2017

Rising Above the Instinctual Subtypes: An Experiential Enneagram Retreat

Helsinki, Finland (in English), September 16 - September 20

Co-led with Uranio Paes Please note that this retreat takes place prior to the IEA Enneagram conference in Helsinki (22-24.9.) Instincts and subtypes are an area of Enneagram theory that not much has been written about and in which different schools and teachers have different understandings and approaches. Above all, not much has been offered… Read more »

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Beatrice and the Enneagram

Beatrice Chestnut, PhD MA is a licensed psychotherapist, executive coach, and business consultant based in San Francisco. She has a PhD in communication studies and an MA in clinical psychology. A student of the Enneagram system of personality since 1990, she is author of the books, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st-Century Workplace. She has taught at Northwestern University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and was trained in group facilitation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She served as President of the International Enneagram Association from 2006-2007. Currently, she teaches workshops on the Enneagram internationally, focusing on using it as a tool for leadership development and personal transformation.

Her mission: The underlying goal of Beatrice’s work is to create more consciousness and self-awareness in the world. We are all, to one degree or another, hindered by the natural limits of our unconscious patterns and habits. This is just part of being human. She believes that improving our lives – both on the individual and collective level – requires us to become more aware of the unconscious coping strategies that drive us so that we can direct our lives through more conscious choices.

Beatrice thinks what sets apart a really good, effective therapist, teacher, or consultant is their ability to “walk the talk.” She considers her own long-term engagement in her own personal growth process as her greatest strength.

Her favorite method: Beatrice uses the Enneagram system of personality types as her central tool because she believes it is the most effective and efficient tool for accurately mapping unconscious patterns and habits. By creating a clearer picture of habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving, it can aid all of us in seeing where we are and where and how we can develop.

Published Books

Beatrice is the author of two books, The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Awareness (2013 from She Writes Press), and The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st-Century Workplace (2017 from Post Hill Press). She has also produced a short 40-page booklet titled, The Enneagram System’s 27 Personality Subtypes, a handy reference for the 27 subtype descriptions. (This is not available through Amazon.com at this time.)