What do Oprah, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian have in common? Besides being mega-famous superstars, these powerful women also share an Enneagram type. (Can you guess which one it is? Read on to find out!)
The Enneagram is a system of nine distinct personality types that describe the core fears and motivations that impact our behavior. Each type has unique characteristics and strengths.
One excellent way to see how each type shows up is by looking at famous examples of each Enneagram type. So, we’ve rounded up 80+ powerful women whose observable behaviors and motivations match each of the nine types.
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Hardworking and practical Ones are exceptional teachers and leaders. Ones are motivated by a need to be good and honorable and to make a difference in the world around them.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The “notorious” RBG was a lifelong public servant devoted to advancing gender equality. She diligently served on the U.S. Supreme Court up until her death in 2020. Straightforward, reserved, and always working toward her big picture goals, RBG is a wonderful example of an Enneagram One.
Brené Brown has dedicated her life to helping people become more comfortable with vulnerability so they can live purposeful lives. In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, she writes, “Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgment, and shame. It’s a shield.” The author and researcher, in fact, identifies as a Type One.
Nurturing and gentle Twos are easy to recognize — they’re the people you’re drawn to when you need loving advice or a shoulder to cry on. Twos are often seen as the ‘mother’ or ‘father’ figure in their group of friends and enjoy meeting other peoples’ needs.
Author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou shared messages of love and acceptance that resonated with people worldwide. While she faced hardships early in her life, she always focused on uplifting others — a common trait of Enneagram Twos.
There is no denying that country music superstar Dolly Parton has a huge heart for helping others. Dolly supports several charitable causes and gives back through her many philanthropic efforts, including her non-profit organization that donates books to young children.
More Type Two Ladies: Jennifer Garner, Mother Teresa, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jessica Alba, Nancy Reagan, Kristen Bell
Charismatic and goal-oriented Threes aren’t hard to spot among the rich and famous. Their need for success and admiration is what drives Threes. They’re incredibly hard workers and fear being seen by others as insignificant.
Since getting her start in the girl group Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé has been anything but a stranger to the spotlight. Like most Threes, Beyoncé is an incredible hard worker who maintains tight control over her image and reputation.
Oprah is one of the most accomplished women in recent history. Aside from her highly-rated talk show, she’s launched her own television network and earned 20 Emmys. Image-conscious and sociable, Oprah’s charisma makes her a beloved household name around the world.
More Type Three Ladies: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Meghan Markle, Kacey Musgraves, Reese Witherspoon, Kim Kardashian, Lizzo
Creative and individualistic Fours feel different from most other people and tend to communicate their uniqueness creatively in art, music, fashion, and other innovative forms of expression.
Like most Fours, artist Frida Kahlo frequently expressed her individuality through her craft. “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do,” she said.
Rihanna embraces her individuality through her music, fashion and business choices. The superstar isn’t afraid to start trends — and rarely follows them. A creative, out-of-the-box thinker, Rihanna even pioneered a first-of-its-kind, ultra-inclusive makeup line for all skin colors.
More Type Four Ladies: Billie Eilish, Lauryn Hill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Winona Ryder, Amy Winehouse, Stevie Nicks, Princess Diana
Insightful and reserved Fives tend to stay out of the spotlight. While you don’t find many Fives in entertainment or mainstream politics, they’re often pioneers in fields like math, science and literature. Lifelong learners, Fives are motivated by the desire to accumulate as much knowledge as possible.
As an Enneagram Five, Jane Austen kept to herself, preferring the company of her own mind to other people. The author was laser-focused on her work and never sought fame or fortune. She enjoyed an independent, solitary life until her death. “I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way,” she said.
As the world's leading expert on chimpanzees, Jane Goodall has dedicated her life to research, conservation, and animal welfare issues. Her insights and observations have significantly influenced how we see and understand animals. Private and studious, Jane happily spent more than 26 years mostly alone in the jungle doing research.
More Type Five Ladies: Agatha Christie, Diane Sawyer, Emily Dickinson, Jodie Foster, Georgia O’Keeffe, Amelia Earhart
Alert and cautious, Sixes are always thinking several steps ahead to prepare for the future. Motivated by their need for safety and security, Sixes are hard working, responsible, and highly loyal to the people and groups they trust. When something goes wrong, a Six is the person you want by your side.
Actress Kristen Stewart is private and self-protective, but the star has also talked openly about her struggles with the spotlight. Like most Sixes, Kristen is always looking ahead and what could possibly go wrong. “I get really freaked out if I don't know what's going on and what's going to happen,” she said.
Mindy Kaling wasn’t always the hilarious and vivacious heroine of her own story that we know today. “I knew on some level that I didn’t have the same audacity as other kids – they were so fearless and I definitely wasn’t,” she said. The actress found that her humor and dedication helped her overcome her anxieties and make it as a writer and leading lady in Hollywood.
More Type Six Ladies: Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Degeneres, Julia Roberts, Katie Holmes, Jenna Fischer, Katie Couric
Fun-loving Sevens are lively, curious, and always up for a good time. In short, Sevens like to have fun and have a major fear of missing out. They tend to avoid negative feelings and instead always look for the silver lining.
Energetic and unafraid to make bold moves, Miley Cyrus has transformed from sweet “Hannah Montana” into an independent and flamboyant rock star. She’s not afraid of change and at the end of the day just wants to enjoy being herself.
Comedic actress Tiffany Haddish is bold, resilient and, of course, incredibly hilarious. Like most Sevens, Tiffany has a childlike enthusiasm for life and a desire to turn every situation into something fun and exciting.
More Type Seven Ladies: Katie Perry, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, Fergie, Elizabeth Taylor
Fierce and confident Eights are the type you can always count on to stand up for what they believe in — even if it means getting into arguments or causing social tension. Assertive Eights are motivated by a desire to be in control and protect others.
Energetic and influential, tennis pro Serena Williams embodies many of the characteristics of the Enneagram 8. Always one to stand up for what she believes is right, Serena sticks up for people whom she wants to help and protect. “I love sticking up for people and supporting women. Being the voice that millions of people don’t have,” she said.
Vice President Kamala Harris is ambitious and assertive, unafraid to speak her mind on important political and social issues. Behind her tough, no-nonsense persona, Kamala is motivated by a need to serve and protect others.
More Type Eight Ladies: Queen Latifah, Chelsea Handler, Aretha Franklin, Pink, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Barbara Walters, Toni Morrison
Calm and harmonious Nines are generally well-liked and easy to be around. They’re driven by their need to maintain inner peace — making them agreeable and easygoing people. However, Nines fear being too needy, so they tend to keep their wants and needs to themselves and go along with the agendas of others.
Queen Elizabeth II
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch has managed to keep her personal opinions relatively private throughout her tenure as Queen. While this would be quite a feat for most people of her status, it’s simply a personality preference for Queen Elizabeth — and part of what has made her so beloved as Queen.
Known as “the first female pop diva of the streaming generation,” Ariana Grande remains mellow and down-to-earth despite her fame and diva status. She has a calm energy and tries to avoid major conflicts and emotional disturbances. She generally goes along with what others want and struggles to identify her feelings.
More Type Nine Ladies: Zendeya, Marie Kondo, Zooey Deschanel, Audrey Hepburn, Alicia Keys, Sophia Loren, Lisa Kudrow