Now more than ever people want to engage in work that is meaningful and fulfilling. In this post, we’ll take a look at enneagram type 6 careers that will provide a sense of purpose. Below is more than a generic listing of job titles, you’ll find ideas for finding and creating work that you enjoy as an enneagram five.
The purpose of connecting the dots between your enneagram type and a career is NOT to narrow you into a specific field or niche but to help you understand what motivates you as a person and how to connect that with work that you’ll find fulfilling.
The enneagram is useful for discovering your personality type, along with the core motivations that shape you. It is also useful for helping you find a career path that will be meaningful and fulfilling.
Your career is an opportunity to make a difference, serve others, and find joy in the work that you do. The enneagram career guide is specifically designed to help you understand how your unique personality can intersect with the work you’re passionate about.
Understanding Enneagram Type 6 Personalities And How It Can Impact Their Career
An enneagram six will be loyal, responsible, and committed. Sixes will value security, feeling safe, and high levels of trust in their career.
The nine enneagram numbers are divided into three categories of expression: Action, Feeling, and Thinking. An enneagram six is situated within the thinking center. They are analytical and great problem solvers. They are also able to identify possible threats and help minimize risk. Because of this, sixes typically are responsible, trust-worthy, dependable, and hard-working.
The core desire of a six is to be secure and supported.
The message a six most wants to hear is, “You are safe.”
The gifts of an Enneagram Six include:
- Devotion: Sixes are committed to what they value, expressing duty and care in the service of people, responsibilities, and causes.
Courage: Sixes often courageously take a stand on behalf of the greater good, despite concerns and risks.
- Preparedness: Being alert and risk-aware, Sixes pay attention to what is going on in their world and act to minimize risks and threats.
- Trustworthiness: Once Sixes make a decision or commitment, they stick to it. They also respect rules and authority, as long as they feel like they can trust the source or intention.
- Team-Oriented: Sixes enjoy the co-operation and collaboration of groups and thrive in a healthy team environment. (Integrative9.com)
Considering these traits, an enneagram six is commonly referred to as the “loyalist”. Therefore, enneagram type six careers that provide an opportunity to work in a team environment with consistent expectations and security will allow them to naturally lean into their giftings and personality traits.
By the way, if you’re not quite sure which number you are, feel free to check out the post: Three Free And Accurate Enneagram Tests to help you identify your type. If necessary, take a little more time to discover your type and then come back to read more about what careers would be a good fit for you.
Famous Enneagram Type 6’s & Their Career
Below is a list provided by The Enneagram Institute of famous people who could be considered to be enneagram sixes. Please notice that while they may share similar motivations and characteristics their careers are various and in a wide range of work.
Famous Enneagram Sixes: Krishnamurti, Johannes Brahms, Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, Robert F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, George H.W. Bush, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Grisham, Mike Tyson, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Melissa Etheridge, Eminem, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, Spike Lee, Marilyn Monroe, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson, Sally Field, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Page, Paul Rudd, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Affleck, Hugh Laurie, Katie Holmes, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen Degeneres, Andy Rooney, Katie Couric, Newt Gingrich, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Chris Rock, Lewis Black, Larry David
Famous Enneagram Type 6 Careers: Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Law Enforcement, Writer, Philanthropy, Business, Entertainment, Musicians, Actors, Artist
The spectrum of work represented by the list of type sixes above varies tremendously. Therefore, concerning enneagram type 6 careers, I believe the best question to ask is, “How can an enneagram six allow their giftings and healthy motivations to influence work they believe is meaningful.
Key Motivations That Should Influence Enneagram Type 6 Careers
How To Motivate An Enneagram Six
Enneagram sixes will be motivated to engage with their work if they believe it is:
- A safe environment of trusting coworkers
- Helping others
- Led by people who are open to feedback
Understanding Why Some Careers May Be Draining To You As An Enneagram 6
When a person experiences stress or fatigue in a job it is often related to activities that are draining to the individual. While there are almost always some aspects of work that a person will favor less than others, it is important when possible to identify which parts of your job are energizing and which parts are draining.
Because an enneagram six is motivated by a desire to be safe and secure, if they are doing work that they feel causes them to compromise this core longing it will not be fulfilling to them.
How To Demotivate An Enneagram Six
Enneagram sixes will be demotivated from engaging with their work if:
- Expectations are unclear
- Constant change
- Coworkers are unreliable
- Their feedback is not valued
- Decisions are made without processing
If you are enneagram six, assess your current role and look for opportunities you may be overlooking to use your unique giftings and talents. If you still are unsure or feel stuck try the following two suggestions.
How much is a frustrating work environment costing you? Could your life be more fulfilling if you had a clear path toward meaningful work?
Are you wasting time and stress because you’re not sure what to do next? A confusing, tired, boring career may already be costing you a great deal.
The Enneagram Career Guide is an interactive workbook that uses the lens of the enneagram to help you create alignment between your personal motivations and the work that you do.
Two Ways To Address Your Career If You Unhappy As An Enneagram 6
- Consider if there is room in your current work to fulfill some of the motivations listed above. If not, speak to your employer about how you might be able to help in those areas.
- Consider if you are engaged in a field of work that you believe is important and meaningful. If not, begin a journey of identifying career paths that you will believe will be fulfilling.
If you believe it is time to make a change, use the Enneagram Career Guide For Type One to help navigate toward meaningful work.
The Enneagram Career Guide will help you:
- Become aware of thoughts that are limiting you and replace them.
- Identify what motivates you.
- Consider if your current work is meaningful to you and helpful to others.
- Use The new information about yourself to enhance your career.
What Is Included In The Career Guide?
- 35-page downloadable workbook
- Explanation of type
- Key motivations of type
- Demotivators of type
- Evaluation of current career path
- Connecting your key motivations with career options
- Next steps
FAQ’s About The Enneagram Career Guide
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The Career Guide is delivered by email as a PDF file. It is yours to keep and use as often as needed.
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Healthy Enneagram Type 6 Careers Conclusion
Healthy Enneagram Type 6 Careers should not be limited to a specific field or title. A career choice for an enneagram six should be based on their freedom to provide stability and safety to the organization. Sixes thrive in an environment that is consistent and when they can drive positive change by helping the team make the best decisions possible.
To emphasize one last time, I chose not to include a specific list of enneagram type 6 careers to consider because I believe it is limiting. As an enneagram 5, I have spent most of my career in a field that others have categorized as something I would not enjoy. Also, I often find career suggestions for my enneagram type unappealing.
- Identify what motivates you
- Assess if there is room in your current job to capitalize on your key motivations and giftings
- Evaluate if you are in a field that you believe is important
- Consider if the work you are doing is meaningful to you and helpful to others
I hope this post helps you find enneagram type 6 careers and options that you’ll find enjoyment from and serve others well in too.
Connecting your passion with work that you enjoy should not be so difficult.
Download the guide specifically created to help direct enneagram type 6 careers! Create a clear path toward work you love and that is helpful to others too!
The Goal of the Enneagram Career Guide is to help you:
1. Become aware of thoughts that are limiting you and replace them.
2. Identify what motivates you.
3. Consider if your work is meaningful to you and helpful to others.
4. Use the new information about yourself to enhance your career.
Too often, we use the wrong lens when examining our career opportunities.
We say things like:
“I’m stuck here,”
“It’s too late to change,”
“I blew it (I’m a loser).”
“There are no opportunities out there for me.”
“I don’t need to network.”
“I can’t risk losing the money I make now.”
“I’ll be doing this forever.”
These are all limiting thoughts and do not have to be true for your life.
You can change, overcome, learn new skills, make adjustments, and create alignment.
You can connect the dots between your giftings and career.
Using this guide to help you align your passion with work is a worthwhile endeavor and know that I am cheering for you!