Enneagram Type 6

The Loyalist

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What is Enneagram Type 6 (The Loyalist)?

People with an enneagram type six personality tend to be engaging, hard-working, and responsible in their behavior. They want to feel safe and tend to be concerned with outside threats. They are very loyal and want to build close relationships with others.

Type 6 Personality Traits

Sixes’ deepest fear is that of losing their personal support and stability. They may express this fear by overthinking decision-making.

Their basic desire is to feel secure, which they may show through their own loyalty to others. They work hard to build strong, stable relationships.

Though sixes themselves are loyal, they have difficulty trusting others and defend themselves by projecting their own feelings, positive or negative.

In summary, Enneagram 6 personality types tend to… 

  • Seek security and stability from others

  • Fear losing their support systems

  • Work hard and act responsibly

  • Project their feelings in hard times

  • Value loyalty and trust in relationships

Strengths & Blind Spots

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Strengths that are typically associated with the Enneagram 6 personality type include...

  • Making responsible and practical choices

  • Honoring commitments to people and plans

  • Protecting and caring for others

  • Recognizing and thinking about other perspectives

  • Ability to consider both logic and emotion


Blind spots that are typically associated with the Enneagram 6 personality type include…
 

  • Difficulty controlling anxious thoughts

  • Tendency to expect the worst outcome or be pessimistic

  • Fearing important or major life decisions

  • High levels of self-doubt and insecurity

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How Enneagram 6 personality types like to work

Communicating with a type six

Help them to feel safe and comfortable sharing by listening and offering support.

Meeting with a type six

Abide by a scheduled meeting time and be supportive and encouraging.

Emailing a type six

Explain the purpose directly and practically, avoiding small-talk.

Giving feedback to a type six

Keep feedback on the gentler side; express encouragements and constructive criticism.

Resolving conflict with a type six

Calmly and logically address the situation and your own point-of-view; help sixes to feel safe and secure when expressing themselves.

Motivators & Stressors

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction at work, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Loyalists tend to be motivated and energized by… 

  • Consistent and trustworthy relationships

  • Offering help and assistance to others

  • Advocating for personal beliefs and values

  • Time spent with people they love


Loyalists tend to be drained by…
 

  • Unreliable people and relationships

  • Negativity in their work or personal environment

  • Feeling as though they aren’t needed

  • Failing or making the wrong decision

Best jobs for an Enneagram 6

Sixes are pragmatic and trustworthy. They are hardworking, dedicating themselves to a cause until the very end. They thrive in environments that value their abilities and offer them security.

Common jobs for people with the Enneagram 6 personality type are:

  • Paralegal

  • Banker

  • Professor

  • Administrative Assistant

  • Police Officer

  • Nurse

  • Caregiver

Wings

Enneagram types can sometimes share characteristics of the types above or below it. A type six can have a five wing or a seven wing. Click the links to read about the possible wings for a type six.

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