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Enneagram Type 6 Careers

Best jobs for Enneagram Type 6 and career growth advice

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An Enneagram Type 6 is usually an adaptable team player. They are resourceful problem solvers with a can-do attitude that many find inspiring. When motivated by a worthy cause they become particularly tenacious. These loyal sceptics bring a high level of integrity to the organizations they serve while tactfully rooting out issues that hinder progress. They make talented leaders when they are able to put their fears and doubts aside, but they often underestimate their own talents and are reticent to assume formalized leadership responsibilities.

  • Organizational Culture
  • Teamwork
  • Managerial Style
  • Recommended Careers for Type 6

Organizational Culture

What organizational cultures are best suited to Enneagram Type 6 careers?

Type Sixes, especially those who access their Type Seven wing, readily adapt to a broad range of roles and environments. They can be found happily contributing within a variety of organizations whether formal or informal. Organizational structures that allow clear opportunities for advancement are attractive to Loyalists, as they usually seek long-term employment opportunities where they can continue to grow and improve throughout their careers.

organizational upheaval can be quite disruptive for a Type Six. They may feel they are losing their way when a lot of quick changes are made. A clear statement of the organization's mission and values goes a long way toward keeping Type Sixes motivated.

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Organizational upheaval can be quite disruptive for a Type Six for they may feel they are losing their way when a lot of quick changes are made.

These employees are at their best when channels of communication are open and when a high level of transparency is established. Space to voice their many questions, suggestions, and even air their doubts ensures that they will maintain a healthy connection to the rest of the team.

Type Sixes are not competitive by nature, and they are not often found in sales organizations where personal quotas are the stated goal. They would much rather collaborate as part of a team effort, preferably working toward a social cause or the good of their community.


Teamwork

How do Enneagram Type 6s work by themselves and with others?

Being part of a team effort is crucial for Enneagram Type 6 careers. Type Sixes with a strong Five wing may not prefer to work shoulder-to-shoulder with teammates, but they do benefit from the assurance that they have the agreement and support of collaborators. When working independently, it's important to watch their thoughts and ensure their doubts don't begin to occupy too much space in their heads. It can be helpful to make a habit of checking in with more than one trusted teammate or advisor on a regular basis.

Type Sixes who lean into their Seven wing relish close collaborations. When working toward goals they’re passionate about, they can serve as a catalyst for strong team cohesion. Energized by team spirit, they actively generate ideas, solve problems, mentor junior team members, and strive for personal growth.

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Energized by team spirit, they actively generate ideas, solve problems, mentor junior team members, and strive for personal growth.

Despite their self-doubts, Type Sixes do often grow to become talented leaders. This can happen organically, without the Type Six consciously realizing that they have walked into a leadership role.


Managerial Style

How Type 6s are best managed and how they manage others

Managing a Type 6

Type Sixes work best in mentor/mentee style relationships with their managers. Ideally, they are allowed to ask questions and encouraged to grow, personally as well as in their professional capacities.

Due to their conflicting feelings about authority and their tendency to overemphasize the power of others, Type Sixes benefit under management styles that allow a certain amount of freedom in decision-making while ensuring that the Type Six fully owns the results of their efforts. Otherwise, managers of Type Six employees may begin to feel that they are pigeonholed into the role of a parent.

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Type Sixes of both wings are usually hesitant to step into leadership roles, but when they do, they can become effective managers.

A Type 6 manager

Type Sixes of both wings are usually hesitant to step into leadership roles, but when they do, they can become effective managers. Type (6w7s) are visionary leaders who bring a lot to the table in terms of understanding, inspiring, and earning the trust of their teams in a collaborative, family-like setting. Type Sixes with a Five wing (6w5) will gather information and advice from all corners in order to ensure that they arrive at the best possible decisions for their organizations.

Data: Most Popular Enneagram Type 6 Career Sector

Which job sector are Enneagram Type 6s most and least likely to be in?

Figure 1: Most popular employment sector for Enneagram Type 6

Results from our self-report survey on career choices for Type 6s. By surveying Type 6s 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 6s 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 6s in sectors such as 'Finance - Other', 'Construction/Engineering', 'Healthcare/Medical', and 'Finance - Investment Banking' for example. There is a lower than average proportion of Type 6s in sectors such as 'Technology - Services', 'Finance - Retail Banking', and 'Pharmaceutical' for example.

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

Recommended Careers for Type 6

What jobs are good for an Enneagram Type 6?

So far we've broken down the structures and environments that suit Type Sixes, but you may be thinking 'what kind of job should the Enneagram Type 6 do?'. Well, there are certain careers that are better suited to the traits and behaviors of Type 6s. Here we will list the best and the worst careers for Type Sixes.

Top 10 Enneagram Type 6 careers

Careers to seek
  • Safety Inspector
  • Occupational Health Specialist
  • Doctor/Nurse
  • School Teacher/Professor
  • Detective
  • Police Officer
  • Executive Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Executive Assistant
  • Fire Fighter

10 worst Enneagram Type 6 careers

Careers to avoid
  • Software Engineer
  • Stockbroker
  • Accountant
  • Recruiter
  • Sales Professional
  • Banker
  • School Principal
  • Executive Officer
  • Independent Business Owner
  • Any temporary employment or gig work

 

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Note: These career role recommendations are based on what is the best fit for a Type Six. However, this does not mean that a career in the private sector working as a software engineer would not work for you. 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.