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Harmonious Collaboration: Embracing the Strengths of Enneagram Type 9

Date31 Aug, 2023
Type Team Optimization
Author Emily LePan

The Enneagram Type 9, known as "The Peacemaker," brings a unique set of qualities that can significantly impact collaboration and team dynamics.

In this 9th and final blog of the Enneagram Collaboration Series, we will delve into the intricacies of collaborating with an Enneagram Type 9 at work, highlighting their strengths, challenges, and strategies for nurturing a productive and harmonious partnership.

Enneagram Type 9 individuals are characterized by their innate desire for harmony, tranquility, and a deep sense of connection with others. They often excel at fostering a peaceful atmosphere and are natural mediators, striving to avoid conflict and maintain a sense of balance. Type 9s value cooperation and prioritize the needs of the team, making them invaluable assets in group settings.

Cultivate Open Communication: Honoring Individual Perspectives

Collaborating with an Enneagram Type 9 begins with fostering an environment of open communication. Type 9s may tend to avoid expressing their true opinions to maintain harmony, which can hinder genuine collaboration. Encourage them to share their thoughts and viewpoints, ensuring that their unique insights are heard and valued. By creating a space where all perspectives are welcomed, you empower Type 9s to contribute meaningfully.

Encourage Decision-Making: Empowerment through Choices

Enneagram Type 9s may struggle with decision-making due to their desire to avoid conflict or upsetting others. Engage them by presenting choices and involving them in the decision-making process. This approach allows them to feel empowered while aligning with their peacemaking nature. Strike a balance between giving them a voice and respecting their need for consensus.

Recognize and Appreciate: Valuing Contributions

Acknowledging the efforts of an Enneagram Type 9 is crucial for a successful collaboration. Recognize their ability to create a harmonious work environment, diffuse tensions, and bring a sense of unity to the team. Express genuine appreciation for their contributions, which motivates them to continue their positive influence.

Set Clear Goals: Fostering Focus and Engagement

Type 9s thrive when they understand their roles and contributions within a project. Provide clear goals and expectations, helping them channel their energy into meaningful tasks. Clarity empowers them to engage fully and contribute to the team’s success.

Be Patient and Supportive: Navigating Challenges

During collaborative endeavors, be patient and understanding of the Enneagram Type 9’s tendency to avoid conflict or discomfort. Offer support and guidance when they encounter challenges, helping them navigate through any obstacles with a sense of assurance.

Collaborating with an Enneagram Type 9 can be a rewarding experience, enriched by their peacemaking spirit and harmonious nature. By fostering open communication, empowering their decision-making, recognizing their contributions, setting clear goals, and offering patient support, you create a collaborative environment where Type 9s can thrive. Embracing their strengths enhances teamwork, leading to increased productivity, creativity, and a sense of unity within the workplace.

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.

This concludes our series on Enneagram Collaboration in the workplace.
If you missed any installments, you can go back and read them here: