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The Enneagram Series: Collaboration with Type 2

Date31 May, 2023
Type Team Optimization
Author Emily LePan

Our second instalment explores working with an Enneagram Type 2, also known as "The Helper".

In our first post of this series, we explored Enneagram Type 1 and tips on how to collaborate in a work environment. Next we are moving on to Enneagram Type 2, also known as “The Helper”. Type 2s are characterized by a strong desire to be of service to others, a focus on building relationships, and a need to feel appreciated and loved. In the workplace, Type 2s can be highly collaborative and team-oriented, but they may also struggle with setting boundaries and prioritizing their own needs.

Here are some tips for working effectively with a Type 2:

Recognize and appreciate their contributions

Type 2s have a natural talent for building relationships and creating a sense of harmony in the workplace. They are often highly attuned to the needs of others and may go out of their way to make sure everyone feels supported and appreciated. Take the time to recognize and acknowledge their contributions, and show your gratitude for their efforts.

Be clear about expectations

Type 2s can sometimes struggle with setting boundaries and prioritizing their own needs, as they may feel compelled to help others at all costs. When working with a Type 2, be clear about expectations and deadlines, and encourage them to speak up if they feel overwhelmed or overburdened.

Provide opportunities for collaboration

Type 2s thrive in collaborative environments where they can work closely with others and contribute to a shared goal. Provide opportunities for teamwork and collaboration, and encourage Type 2s to share their ideas and perspectives.

Encourage them to take breaks

Type 2s can sometimes push themselves too hard in their desire to help others, and may neglect their own needs in the process. Encourage Type 2s to take breaks and prioritize self-care, and remind them that taking care of themselves is essential to being an effective helper.

Communicate directly and honestly

Type 2s are highly attuned to the emotions of others, but they may also struggle with confrontation or conflict. When communicating with a Type 2, be direct and honest, but also empathetic and understanding.

Give them opportunities to be of service

Type 2s feel most fulfilled when they are able to help others, so provide them with opportunities to do so. Encourage them to take on roles that allow them to use their natural talents for empathy and relationship-building, and recognize and appreciate their efforts to support others.

By understanding and appreciating the strengths and challenges of a Type 2, you can build stronger relationships and work more effectively together. With clear communication, opportunities for collaboration, and a focus on self-care and boundaries, you can harness the strengths of a Type 2 and create a more productive and satisfying work environment for everyone involved.

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.