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Enneagram Type 1 Careers

Best jobs for Enneagram Type 1 and career growth advice

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Enneagram Type Ones exhibit personality traits which are generally conducive to having a successful career. Their high standards and ambition for personal and group achievement is highly desirable quality in the work space. Equally, their balance from extraversion to introversion and their principled behavior is useful in a variety of circumstances. However, not all role/careers will be the right fit for their personality type. Here we outline the best Enneagram Type 1 careers by breaking it down into crucial factors in a working environment.

  • Organizational Culture
  • Teamwork
  • Managerial Style
  • Recommended Careers for Type 1

Organizational Culture

What organizational cultures are best suited to Enneagram Type 1 careers?

Type Ones work well in an organizational culture that is formal, with a clear mission statement. The consistency and well defined goal plays to the strengths of a Type One. It is crucial to remember though that the company values and mission statement must align with that of the Type One. If they do not, then this may become intolerable.

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Enneagram Type 1s do not like it when organizational culture is informal, tacit, and undefined.

Types Ones don't like it when organizational culture is informal, tacit, and undefined. This is especially so if there is sleazy behavior and a quiet acceptable of rule breaking. Likewise, if the company and its members are spontaneous in attitude, don't pay attention to details, sloppy in their work methods, Type Ones will be very hostile to this environment and will want to look for work elsewhere.

Therefore, Type Ones will want to look careers paths that take them to formal, structured, work environments where their own personal values and work values align.


Teamwork

How do Enneagram Type 1s work by themselves and with others?

Type Ones are often quite desirable employees as they can effectively work independently or as part of a team. They are happy to work in a team, however, the key is how they get on with the other team members. Again, this will be linked to the kind of working environment they are in.

Type Ones have little tolerance for mistakes, different opinions and unprincipled behavior. If their team members display this behavior then the teamwork will suffer as there will be conflict with team members if they fail to meet Type One's high standards. On the other hand, if the other team members do not do these things, then Type One's will likely be very motivated while working in the team - this will be great for an Enneagram Type One's career growth and satisfaction.

Independent or team player?

Type Ones are often quite desirable employees as they can effectively work independently or as part of a team.

Type Ones are also capable with working well on their own. But the emphasis is on what the task is. If the work and organizational culture is meaningful for them, they’ll be highly motivated in their own personal time. Of course, if their mission is not aligned, they’ll struggle when working alone.


Managerial Style

How Type 1s are best managed and how they manage others

Managing a Type 1

Type Ones respond well to both transformational and transactional management. They will readily accept the employer's mission statement if their values align with the mission in question. Type Ones typically enjoy grand narratives and will do what they are told with the regular day to day tasks that a first line manager would offer when they are onboard with the goal. As a result, the key will be to make sure that the message of the work is congruent with their values and they will be straightforward to manage.

However, Type Ones will be difficult to manage if they are in the wrong role, because they are unlikely to change their outlook and they will also find it difficult to admit when they are wrong.

A Type 1 manager

A Type One Manager will be keen to stick to the rules. They will show a mixture of transactional and transformational leadership. They will therefore focus on the minor details as well as the bigger picture. Since Type Ones are principled, they are very well-suited to leadership roles. However, they’ll be quite strict as a manager. Type Ones are particularly suited for middle-management roles as a result because of their dual skill set of focusing on the small details and comprehending the bigger picture.

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Type 1s will show a mixture of transactional and transformational leadership. They will focus on the minor details as well as the bigger picture.

Data: Most Popular Enneagram Type 1 Career Sector

Which job sector are Enneagram Type 1s most and least likely to be in?

Figure 1: Most popular employment sector for Enneagram Type 1

Results from our self-report survey on career choices for Type 1s. By surveying Type 1s in existing jobs we gain a suggestion of which careers this type is most suited to.

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What this chart shows

The most popular career sector for Type 1s from our survey was 'Finance - Other'. When we compare this to how all types responded, we see there is a higher than average proportion of Type 1s in sectors such as 'Finance - Other', 'Technology - Software', 'Government/Public Sector', and 'Manufacturing' for example. There is a lower than average proportion of Type 1s in sectors such as 'Education', 'Healthcare/Medical', and 'Advertising/Marketing' for example.

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  • 1. n=27985
  • 2. Population: all
  • 3. Live dataset last updated:

Recommended Careers for Type 1

What jobs are good for an Enneagram Type 1?

So far we've broken down the structures and environments that suit Type Ones, but you may be thinking 'what kind of job should the Enneagram Type 1 do?'. Well, there are certain careers that are better suited to the traits and behaviors of Type 1s. Here we will list the best and the worst careers for Type Ones.

Top 10 Enneagram Type 1 careers

Careers to seek
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Civil Servant
  • Accountant
  • Charity Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Academic
  • Lawyer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Trade Union Rep

10 worst Enneagram Type 1 careers

Careers to avoid
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Corporate Lobbyist
  • Social Worker
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Sales Person
  • Business Development
  • Retail
  • Bailiff
  • Corporate Marketing
  • Estate Agent

 

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Note: These Enneagram Type 1 career role recommendations are based on what is the best fit for a Type One in theory. However, this does not mean that a career in the private sector working in business development would not work. That will depend on the managerial style, other team members, and the company values.

 


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Chloe Yarwood, MSc

University of Chichester, Advanced Applied Psychology

Chloe Yarwood, MSc in Advanced Applied Psychology from University of Chichester. Specialist in personality type theory and developing valid personality questionnaires.