Enneagram and Politics – Type 8

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Enneagram and Politics – Type 8

We’re in that time again where we have to make a significant and informed decision on which party will best serve our country.

So, Enneagram and Politics, what a combination right? Blame it on my postnatal boredom. Anyway, I thought of discussing what Enneagram type would be best suitable as future leaders of our country.

Know that each Enneagram type has the potential of becoming a good leader. It all depends on their self-mastery, having a good moral compass and can deliver positive changes within the nation.

When I think about politicians, our first ever Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew would always enter my mind. To me, he’s a typical Type 8 – assertive and can be very intense and extreme. He managed to make Singapore the nation that it is today through his signature style of authoritarianism.  So let’s talk about what a Type 8 can bring into politics.


Understanding Type 8’s Essence

A Type 8’s worldview carries the notion of: “I must correct the injustices of this world.” Naturally, this point of view gels extremely well with a specific occupation which will be explored in this written piece, the politician.

In Type 8’s worldview brings forth points to note such as justice, correction, upholding what is right under a holistic lens. The totality and tonality of a Type 8 is further cemented with firmness which is also a familiar trait one can see in politicians across the globe.


Type 8 Strengths:

  • Ability to express themselves in every situation. Type 8 people are not afraid to “call a spade a spade”. No matter what it is, you can be sure that a Type 8 will voice out their opinion and they’re always seeking for the truth. Also called as “The Challenger”, they will not be shy about facing the current state of affairs and what needs to be done.
  • Act quickly and decisively. Type 8s are part of the Aggressive stance (together with Type 3 and Type 7). They move through life at a breakneck speed and are focused on meeting their goals. After all, what’s good about making plans when you can’t execute them? And this is what Type 8s are good at, quick in taking action as they are very instinctual. You will want a leader who can determine what problems need to be addressed quickly.
  • Leads others to success of effectively. Type 8 has a commanding presence and power which they can use to influence and teach people effectively. This type knows that most of the limitations we place on ourselves are self-induced. When it comes to leading a country, you will want someone that people would want to follow.
  • Good protectors. Type 8s crave for justice. They seek to defend and protect themselves and others from injustice. They strive to bring forth justice for the people especially for those they deemed as “powerless”. As a public servant, an ideal leader would be someone who would represent as the voice of the mass and Type 8s have an innate desire to do this for others.


Type 8 Weaknesses:

  • Being perceived as intimidating. With their strong presence and commanding aura, Type 8s are usually perceived as intimidating. They also don’t have a problem expressing their anger which can cause conflict and hurt others. Being “intimidating” will make others think twice about approaching them. And when it comes to being a leader, this may affect the relationship they have with their staff.
  • The tendency to disregard others’ opinions. Type 8s have an innate need to be in control. They would have a hard time accepting another person’s advice or opinion as that may feel like not being control of the situation. They also find it challenging to be vulnerable as they don’t like to be perceived as weak. Having to ask for a suggestion or advice from someone else may seem like a weakness for them. (Depending on their self-mastery level of course.)
  • Difficulty following rules or orders. From an early age, Type 8s knows that rules need not always apply. Now depending on the circumstances, this can be a good thing as well. However, when they’re not walking the talk, they can be rather double standard.
  • Taking charge when it isn’t their place. When they know they have power over others, they can misuse this and involve themselves in situations that does that concern them.


What are the gifts a Type 8 politician bring to the table?

Type 8s are bold, daring and are willing to break down the walls themselves. They are exactly as powerful as they decide they are. Type 8s knows no limitations and take full responsibility for their lives.

The best part: They move this fast – super fast. They create a love-hate feeling among the people, with their strong and forceful measures, but who cares. As long as they think it’s the right thing to do, they’ll do it – one person against the world. We might appreciate them decade down the road, as results take time to show.

Even after they die, they don’t need any monument or statue to remember them. As what my Type 8 husband shed some insights into their mentality about death: “If we die, we die. We return to dust. I made my sacrifice. I served the people. No need to build anything to remember me, just thank me at my funeral. “


Examples of Type 8 Leaders

Of course these leaders have never done our Enneagram Tests but they’re believed to be Type 8 by many Enneagram teachers based on their beliefs, values, traits, and actions through historical and interview records.

(From left to right: Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, Lee Kuan Yew)


 Lately, I watched the video of how former Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew addressed the Singapore Airline pilots who went on strike. We can literally sense the fire in him!

Who’s your favourite Type 8 politician?

Tomorrow, we’ll discuss about other Enneagram Types – how they can be good politicians and how they can bring their gifts to the table.




Curious about your Enneagram type? Here’s a quick overview of the 9 Types. I know reading through these descriptions can be confusing. So save yourself from second-guessing and figure out your type with the help of our online test.




Cindy Leong
Cindy Leong
Cindy Leong is a sought after bilingual (English and Mandarin) Enneagram Personality Coach and Corporate Trainer in Asia, who can help you make sense of your professional and personal relationships. She is a member of International Coach Federation (ICF) and Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). Besides a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (majoring in Communications), she also has a Diploma in Business and has done in-depth research and studies in the areas of Organisational Behaviour and Gender Communications, both in Singapore and Taiwan. Through her expertise in corporate executive coaching, personal development, and relationship coaching, she has helped many professionals in their walk through challenging times, particularly in the areas of identity searching, relationship building and career breakthrough. Aside from being a published author of 2 books, she has also been invited by several radio stations and magazines as an expert guest speaker to provide insights into Enneagram, workplace conflicts and relationships.
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