Enneagram Types – Personality At Work

The Enneagram is a personality test with nine different categories of personalities (1-9). Each number expresses a different personality type and each enneagram type has special characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, motivations and fears.

Type 1: The Perfectionist

Hardworking, thorough, and responsible. Prioritize doing the “right way”, which can come at the expense of productivity. To help them grow, encourage them to be less critical of themselves and others; invite them to share responsibility; teach them to accept what can’t be changed.

Type 2: The Giver

Caring, positive, and empathetic. Good at making personal connections and lifting up others. Because they always put others first, they can struggle to understand or prioritize their own needs. To help them grow, encourage them to be less critical of themselves and others; invite them to share responsibility; teach them to accept what can’t be changed.

Type 3: The Performer

Enthusiastic, highly motivated, and productive. Their love of recognition and external positive reinforcement can lead them to lose sight of what they value as an individual. To help them grow, show them that they have value as an individual and not just as a productive employee.

Type 4: The Romantic

Emotional idealist who value creativity, authenticity and aesthetics. They are motivated by the meaning of their work and people around them. Their emotional sensitivity and individualism can lead them to take criticism too personally. To help them grow, give them a safe space to express their emotions, but encourage them to stay balanced. Help them see the impact their actions have on others.

Type 5: The Observer

Self-reliant, perceptive, and analytical. Can be challenged with interpersonal relationships as they tend to live in their own heads. To help them grow, give them the time and space they need for themselves, but encourage them to communicate openly with others and to maintain relationships.

Type 6: The Loyal Skeptic

Perceptive, loyal workers who focus on anticipating challenges and coming up with solutions. Their love for rules and safety can make them pessimistic or skeptical in uncertain situations. To help them grow, encourage them to face their fears head-on, or help them relax and see the humor in situations.

Type 7: The Epicure

Optimistic, forward-thinking storytellers who don’t like to be limited to one thing at a time. They are less likely to acknowledge problems or to give the appropriate depth of thought to a subject. To help them grow, help them achieve a balance between idealism and practicality without dampening their passion. Encourage them to take their good ideas to completion.

Type 8 : The Protector

Fair, intense and protective of their people. Their tendency to dominate a conversation can be intimidating. They are often bossy or abrasive when things dont go their way. To help them grow, teach them not to use anger as a weapon, show them constant care to teach them empathy by example.

Type 9: The Mediator

Balanced peacemakers who are able to see everyone’s point of view. Because they value peace and harmony, they may go out of their way to avoid conflict. They also have difficulty setting priorities and creating structure. To help them grow, help them create structure in their lives so they can better focus on their priorities. Encourage them to take healthy risks.

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