SWOSU officials share leadership tool at Yukon luncheon

King, McKee talk with business leaders about enneagram personality typing system

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Guest presenters Sarah King, CPA, MBA; and Holly McKee, PhD, of Southwestern Oklahoma State University; discussed the enneagram personality typing system at the July 8th Yukon Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon. King and McKee told Yukon business leaders how the enneagram affects their leadership styles. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Guest speakers from Southwestern Oklahoma State University told Yukon business leaders about a unique tool to learn more about who they are and how they lead.

Sarah King, CPA, MBA; and Holly McKee, PhD, of SWOSU’s Everett Dobson School of Business and Technology were featured presenters at the Yukon Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership luncheon July 8 inside 10 West Main Events.

Chamber members listened intently as King and McKee discussed the enneagram, a personality typing system that shows how someone can view and interpret the world in one of nine ways.

A model of the human psyche, the enneagram is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types.

The SWOSU speakers gave luncheon attendees an overview of the nine enneagram types, encompassing a wide range of personality traits.

King and McKee discussed positive and negative attributes and traits of each enneagram type, and how the enneagram affects their leadership style.

“With any type, you can be a good leader and be good in a team,” McKee told the Yukon luncheon crowd.

The defined personality types are represented by the points of a geometric figure called an enneagram, which indicates connections between the types.

IT’S IN THE NUMBERS

The SWOSU presenters described the nine enneagram types and characteristic roles:

1 – Reformer/Moral Perfectionist

2 – Helper/Giver

3 – Achiever/Performer

4 – Individualist/Romantic

5 – Investigator/Observer

6 – Loyalist/Loyal Guardian

7 – Enthusiast/Optimist

8 – Challenger/Protector

9 – Peacemaker/Mediator

Yukon Chamber members in the audience were asked to see which of the nine enneagram personality types they identify with.

“You can touch on a lot of different numbers,” King said.

The enneagram – from the Greek words ennea (meaning “nine”) and gramma (meaning “written” or “drawn”) – is widely promoted in both business management and spirituality contexts.

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