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Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

144 EpisodesProduced by Esther LittlefieldWebsite

It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women w… read more


17: How the Enneagram Can Help You Nurture Healthy Relationships with Beth McCord {Relationships Series}

What impact does your personality have on your leadership? How can learning about your inner motivations impact your outward leadership? And what does knowing your Enneagram type have to do with creating and sustaining healthy relationships?

In the third episode in the Healthy Relationships series, I chat with Beth McCord, founder of Your Enneagram Coach. Beth is a wife, mom of two college-aged children, and leader of her own business. She gives us a brief overview of the Enneagram, a quick description of each of its nine types, and insight into how knowing about our personality and those of others impacts how we lead and relate to to those around us.

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Key Points:

Beth likes to think of the Enneagram with its nine personality types as our internal GPS. This tool helps you know why you think, feel, and behave in particular ways. The Enneagram cares not so much about what you do, but why you do it.

The 9 Types are:


TYPE 1 - The Moral Perfectionist

  • What you fear: Being wrong, bad, inappropriate or irredeemable
  • What you desire: Integrity, balance, being right + the “good girl”


TYPE 2 - The Supportive Advisor

  • What you fear: Being worthless, rejected, needy, inconsequential, dispensable, and being unworthy of love
  • What you desire: Appreciation, affirmation, love, and being wanted


TYPE 3 - The Successful Achiever

  • What you fear: Failing, inefficiency, being incompetent, worthless, exposed, or unable to succeed
  • What you desire: Admiration, respect, and being highly regarded


TYPE 4 - The Romantic Individualist

  • What you fear: Inadequacy, being plain or emotionally cut off, not having unique significance
  • What you desire: Uniqueness, feeling special and like your most authentic self


TYPE 5 - The Investigative Thinker

  • What you fear: Annihilation, being ignored, intruded upon, depleted or found incapable
  • What you desire: Capability, competence, and feeling like you know enough


TYPE 6 - The Loyal Guardian

  • What you fear: Being without support, guidance, security or being physically abandoned
  • What you desire: Security, guidance, and support


TYPE 7 - The Entertaining Optimist

  • What you fear: Feeling bored, deprived, trapped in emotional pain, being limited or  missing out on fun
  • What you desire: Happiness, success, and contentment


TYPE 8 - The Protective Challenger

  • What you fear: Weakness, powerlessness, being harmed, controlled or manipulated
  • What you desire: Protection


TYPE 9 - The Peaceful Mediator

  • What you fear: Conflict, being unloved, shut out or overlooked
  • What you desire: Inner stability and peace of mind


The Enneagram is not the transformation; it is just a tool to illuminate what is happening. Christ and the gospel is going to bring us the transformation.


The Enneagram can be useful to grow personally, but also in our marriage, parenting, and team relationships.


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Episode Sponsor: Morningstar Media Services

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