If only the Enneagram would simply name the traits of a good leader of each type, and we all could go home. But the Enneagram hides its real secrets behind such pat answers.

The sine qua non of leadership is the ability to set a context, and from this all things flow. A leader who can describe the story we are in can imagine how the plot continues, and inspire others to take a part.

And this is the work of the Enneagram: it describes and shapes context. It asks: What are the forces at work here? What do the gods of this place demand? How to move entrenched people and events?

In this session, drawing on the basic premises and processes of the Enneagram, we’ll explore the forces that operate when leaders work with people and problems.

Michael Goldberg is the author of The 9 Ways of Working: How to Use the Enneagram to Discover Your Natural Strengths and Work More Effectively, and Travels with Odysseus. He is an attorney and has taught at graduate schools of management, psychology and law. His Enneagram clients include the CIA, Motorola, Honeywell, Wells Fargo, Philips Electronics (France), and TH Technology (China). His Enneagram work has been featured on CNN, the BBC, and Fox News Channel. www.9Waysof Working.com.

Michael Goldberg


2010 IEA Global Conference

San Francisco, California, USA