Enneagram and Politics: Will Type 3’s perform well in the political arena?

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Enneagram and Politics: Will Type 3’s perform well in the political arena?

We’ve discussed Types’ 8, 5, 1 and 6 on how they would fair as a public servant. We’re halfway there!

Today, we’ll examine how “The Performer” who’s packed with high energy and a never-say-die attitude, will be as a leader.  Let’s uncover the tricks up their sleeves.


Understanding Type 3’s Essence

Type 3s strives to be the best in whatever they do (they are also called as “The Achiever”). If a Type 3 decided to become a political leader, you know that they’ll give it their 100% to be amazing at it.

They can adapt quickly to whatever role that is expected of them. The Type 3s worldview is: “The world is a contest, and I can win if I work hard and appear successful.”

At their best, Type 3s are community-focused and are committed to making contributions for the well-being of the society. They focus on teamwork and share the spotlight and are able to inspire and help others succeed as well.


Type 3 Strengths:

  • Drive to accomplish and succeed. Type 3s are very goal-oriented. They take pleasure in being able to tick off things on their to-do list. For them, life is a competition, and they will do whatever it takes to rise to the top and put in the hard work to get things done.
  • Ability to connect with others. Being part of the Heart Centre Intelligence, Type 3s are very relational. Type 3s can quickly read the room and sense the sentiments on the ground. They know how and what to say and do the right things to connect with the right people.
  • Being charismatic and confident. They have a high level of self-confidence, enthusiasm, and energy that radiates which people can quickly notice. Their positive attitude can be very motivating for others.
  • Efficiency and practical thinking in the workplace. As they are part of the Assertive Stance triad (alongside Type 7 & 8), Type 3s are able to accomplish tasks quickly as they value efficiency very much. They’re always thinking about new ways on how to do things, solve issues, achieve results quickly and effectively. With this innate capability, they are great problem solvers who are not afraid to get down and dirty, to achieve the objectives they set out to accomplish.


Type 3 Weaknesses:

  • Focusing too heavily on personal image. Type 3s need to “appear” successful, can sometimes be all smokes and mirrors. They may the confuse their image with who they really are, engaging in the form of self-deception, and may lack authenticity at times. Sometimes, they may forget to acknowledge their team who is involved in “helping them look good”.
  • Difficulty accepting failure. As there’s a need to accomplish and finish tasks as quickly as possible, 3s hate it when things don’t fall in to place as this translates to being unsuccessful. They can’t afford to have a bad image as this will infuriate them. Sometimes, for the lower mastery ones, they may resort to cutting corners and short cuts to salvage the win.
  • Losing touch with or avoiding their feelings. Type 3s, although sensitive by nature, aren’t comfortable sitting with their emotions. They tend to repress their feelings as they’re afraid these can slow them down when it comes to accomplishing their goals. And because of this, they may not able to be fully empathetic and authentic in connecting with people. They lose touch with others’ feelings and move on with their task at hand. After all is done, their emotions can come up and surprise them at unexpected times.
  • Can be overly competitive and be insensitive. Life for Type 3s is about winning and being successful, and sometimes they may even appear like a robot because it’s hard for them to pause and take a break (even when they really needed it). They have the tendency to become a human “doing” instead of a human being.


What are the gifts a Type 3 politician brings to the table?

In the crazy world of politics, as much as we want a presentable and articulated leader who can represent our voices in the international stage, we also want to avoid electing people who are only good at making empty promises. A high mastery Type 3 leader is one who would represent the nation well, and do the work needed to fulfil their duties.

A Type 3 gets up and gets down to work no matter what is standing in their way. They’re unafraid to keep hustling for a better tomorrow. As a leader, they would be at the forefront to make changes that will lead a nation towards success.


Examples of Type 3 Leaders

Of course, these leaders have never done our Enneagram Tests. Still, they’re believed to be Type 3s by many Enneagram teachers based on their beliefs, values, traits, and actions through historical and interview records.


From left to right: Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Tony Robbins

These Type 3 individuals are undoubtedly successful in their own rights. You simply cannot miss what they are known for and what do they stand for.

We will continue to explore another Enneagram Type and what they can bring into the political arena tomorrow.



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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