What is the Enneagram?

Introduction to the Enneagram

The Enneagram is an archetypal framework that offers in-depth insight to individuals, groups and collectives. Consisting of three Centers of intelligence, nine main Enneagram types, 18 wings, three subtypes and Triadic styles, the Enneagram offers a rich map to personal development from an open systems perspective. It does not box in people, but rather opens a pathway to self-discovery and greater personal awareness.

The Integrative Enneagram creates self-awareness and uncovers the patterns of behaviour that sub-consciously drive and motivate us to act in certain ways. When we make these patterns and motivations conscious, we are able to transcend them and develop richer, more supportive ways of being. Working with the Enneagram empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own behaviours and growth, from a greater understanding of why they act and react the way they do.

As a framework, the Enneagram also speaks to the journey of integration and development in a profound way. It is able to uncover the uniqueness of each individual and his/her journey. It does not only reveal what holds an individual back, but also offers insights into the journey towards strength and liberation, connecting us to our strengths and higher selves.

The Enneagram is, therefore, a sense-making tool or a framework that enables the development of self-knowledge and meta-awareness.

Benefits of using the Enneagram

The Enneagram has, over the past decades, proved to be one of the most powerful tools in the development and coaching environment. The use of the Enneagram not only fast-tracks insight, growth and integration, but also gives durability and magnitude to the development process over time.

Individual Benefits

  • Creates meta-awareness at the level of motivation
  • Increases consciousness and confidence
  • Enables clearing of core emotional issues
  • Provides a framework for understanding functional and dysfunctional behaviours that stem from core motivations
  • Increases compassion for self and others
  • Uncovers pathways to development and integration
  • Positions individual patterns and behaviours within current and historical context
  • Increases productivity and motivation
  • Creates a language and sense-making framework that stretches deeper than a personality trait-based approach
  • Builds leadership authenticity, potency and impact

Team Benefits

  • Reduces judgement and criticism of others while building understanding and tolerance
  • Provides a framework for making sense of team conflict and challenges
  • Enables the team to move beyond a pattern of blaming conflict on “personality differences”
  • Repolarises teams while dismantling more traditional “fault lines” in the team
  • Improves working relationships and team productivity
  • Enhances business procedures
  • Improves communication while also developing a new language framework for team dynamics

Organisational Benefits

  • Decreases behind-the-scenes organizational politics
  • Improves change management and decreases fear of change
  • Can unleash organizational creativity through greater individual integration
  • Improves productivity and performance
  • Creates a framework which enables greater project leadership
  • Builds organizational integrity
  • Enables more impactful corporate communication
  • Contributes to development of talent
  • Plays a role in enabling culture change

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The Integrative Enneagram Questionnaire is a dynamically adaptive intelligent assessment. It will take you about 30 minutes to complete and it will measure: Enneagram Profile, 27 Subtypes, Centers, Wings, Lines, Levels of Integration and 6 dimensions of Strain.



The Enneagram opens up a whole new world of understanding why we do what we do, and helps tremendously with improved personal mastery and relationship management. The Integrative Enneagram Profile report is a comprehensive explanation of an individual’s motivational style with plenty of detail for continuous reflection towards personal development. The Integrative Enneagram teams workshop was great to understand how teams can behave with a dominant motivational style, that is a composite of the styles of the individuals.

thumb Buzz (Aldrin) Beyer
Executive & Life Coach, Johannesburg

Using the IEQ is like standing in front of a billboard-sized mirror that accurately reflects the heart and truth behind our motivations in who we are and why it is that we do/have done what we’ve done. Scary? Yes, but profound, life-changing and powerful. I am now able to identify hidden patterns that have been running me my whole life and realise the need for them through greater practice of self-love. Freedom.

thumb Bonita Nuttall
Coach New Zealand Broadcast, New Zealand

Excellent training for coaches. It greatly expanded my sense of who people are and what is possible, and provided a useful framework to help clients understand themselves and others.

thumb Beth Shapiro
Coach @ Sustainable Success, Washington DC

The Enneagram has assisted me to understand the motivations behind my own behaviour, as well as my colleagues, friends and family. It is truly insightful and in my opinion the best self-development tool. The IEQ training has equipped me to take this tool into my work practice and enriched the coaching conversations that I have.

thumb Marian Scala
Head of Brand and Communications Dimension Data,Johannesburg

The Enneagram is a unique, deep, dynamic tool that will change your own life and those you coach and work with. The iEQ9 Questionnaire is incredibly sound and I really trust the process. This is the most life-changing process I recommend everyone does. I am excited as to how it will impact my life.

thumb Trudy Blake
Coach at TruCollab, Cape Town