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Collaboration with Enneagram 5: Harnessing the Power of Insight and Expertise

Date12 Jul, 2023
Type Team Optimization
Author Emily LePan

Effective collaboration is based on understanding and appreciating the strengths of each team member.

The Enneagram provides valuable insights into the diverse personalities that shape our workplaces. Enneagram Type 5, known as “The Investigator,” brings analytical thinking, a thirst for knowledge, and self-sufficiency to collaborative endeavors. In this post, we will explore effective strategies for collaborating with Type 5 individuals, recognizing their strengths, and tapping into their expertise.

Enneagram 5s are characterized by a deep intellectual curiosity, value independence, and excel in analytical thinking. By understanding their unique characteristics and needs, we can foster successful collaborations and achieve exceptional results.


Tips for Collaborating with Enneagram Type 5

  • Respect their Need for Space and Independence: Type 5s flourish when they have the freedom to work autonomously. Create an environment that respects their need for solitude and uninterrupted time to focus on their tasks.
  • Value their Expertise: Recognize and appreciate the knowledge and insights Type 5s bring to the table. Seek their input on projects aligned with their areas of interest, fostering their active participation and engagement.
  • Foster Open and Intellectual Discussions: Create a collaborative environment where Type 5s can comfortably share their thoughts and opinions. Encourage open discussions, brainstorming sessions, and knowledge-sharing opportunities to tap into their analytical thinking.
  • Allow Time for Preparation: Type 5s prefer gathering information and processing it thoroughly. Provide advance notice for collaborative projects, allowing them time to prepare and research, ensuring their contributions are well-informed.
  • Provide a Platform for Individual Contributions: Type 5s may excel in individual contributions. Offer opportunities for them to showcase their knowledge through written reports or presentations, aligning with their preferences.
  • Recognize Boundaries and Respect Privacy: Respect the privacy of Type 5s and don’t push on details about their personal lives. Instead, focus on fostering professional connections.
  • Balance Input and Listening: Encourage Type 5s to share their expertise while creating space for other team members to contribute. Foster a collaborative environment where everyone’s ideas are valued.


Collaborating with individuals of Enneagram Type 5 can bring immense value to the workplace. By recognizing and appreciating their analytical thinking, thirst for knowledge, and self-sufficiency, we can unleash their expertise and tap into their unique insights. By providing a conducive environment that respects their need for independence, encourages intellectual discussions, and values their contributions, we can foster successful collaboration.


Every business benefits from every Enneagram type. The key is understanding the strengths (and pet peeves) of the individuals on your team so that you can maximize the power of the group as a whole.  The goal (for all of us) is to become more aware of our personality style, how we impact the people around us, and how to empathize with alternative perspectives to our own. If you are curious about what Enneagram type you and the members of your team are,  contact us to find out more about our Flipp Team Optimization Workshop. We use professional Enneagram assessments with a certified Enneagram coach to get you and your team to understand each other in a new way. Stay tuned for more in this blog series as we learn about the remaining Enneagram types and how to collaborate with each.