Which Enneagram Types Are The Smartest?

This article will take a look at the enneagram types that are the smartest. This article will explore what exactly does it mean to be smart and also highlight which enneagrams make the list. The article will also introduce each enneagram type in detail to help the audience develop a complete understanding of the topic.

The Smartest Enneagram Types – Who Are They?

Here is a list of enneagrams who are smart in their own areas:

  • Enneagram Type 1 – Moral Understanding
  • Enneagram Type 2 – Emotional Intelligence
  • Enneagram Type 3 – Motivational Leaders
  • Enneagram Type 4 – Intrapersonal Intelligence
  • Enneagram Type 5 – Theoretical Analysis
  • Enneagram Type 6 – Problem Troubleshooters
  • Enneagram Type 7 – Perceptual Intelligence
  • Enneagram Type 8 – Business Intelligence
  • Enneagram Type 9 – Diplomatic Skills

Let’s take a look at each enneagram and what they are smart at doing! However, before we do that let us take a look at what it means to be smart!

What Does It Mean To Be Smart?

To be smart you don’t only have to be good at geometry or algebra! You can be smart if you are intelligent in something; that something can be a certain subject, skill or knowledge. You can be good at reading the emotions of other people and still be smart – you will be said to have emotional intelligence. At the same time, you can be smart if you know a certain skill. Also, you can be good at motivating people and hence be called a leader.

We need to understand that being smart doesn’t just mean you are good at a subject! Hence, in this article, we will take a look at the enneagrams and what area they are best in when it comes to performing!

The Enneagrams & Intelligence

In this section, we will take a look at each enneagram and see what they are most smart in!

Enneagram Type 1

The enneagram type 1 is also known as the Reformer because of their desire to change the world for the better – they believe they are on a mission to set things right! They are rational and idealistic and can be described by the terms self disciplined, purposeful, possibly perfectionists and hold values high.

These individuals are always on the move to make things better but they have this fear that they may make a mistake. Nonetheless they strive to produce perfect output and this may make them over critical of not only their own self but that of others too. This also causes them stress and anxiety as they are worried things may not go as planned – which is usually the case when it comes to life!

  • Wise 
  • Good Sense of Right & Wrong
  • Strong Judgement

The type 1 enneagram is very good when it comes to discerning what is right or wrong. They have a strong moral judgement and understanding and can apply this to real life situations. Also, they are great at following rules and ensuring order and fairness in their life and those of others – this may be a difficult process but has many benefits.

This enneagram is indeed smart when it comes to moral judgement and understanding of right and wrong.

Enneagram Type 2

An enneagram type 2 is also known as the Helper because of their desire to help others and make their tasks easier or remove any burden upon them.  They are very caring and have great interpersonal skills that allow them to interact with people to help them and understand their situation and needs. Personality traits used to describe type 2s include possessive, demonstrative, helpful and people pleasing.

People with this type are very empathetic and have profound emotional intelligence thus it makes them more approachable and appealing to people who are in need of help and find it difficult to ask. They are friendly, generous and self sacrificing hence they overlook their own needs to fulfill those of others!

  • Read Facial Expressions
  • Understand Emotions

This enneagram has very high emotional intelligence – this means they can understand the emotions they and others feel. Having such skills is vital to ensure smooth working between people and keeping everyone happy in a team. If we cannot help others regulate their emotions or give them what they need then it will affect team performance eventually.

Enneagram Type 3

A type 3 enneagram is also called the ‘Achiever’ because of their desire that drives them to accomplish the big things in life. They are very hard working; putting in much time and energy in their work in order to achieve the success they desire!

These individuals are known to be very confident and have high levels of self efficacy, determination and the will to compete with others. However, they are also concerned about how others think of them and their image in the public which is sometimes very stressful.

  • Inspiring 
  • Lead By Example
  • Motivate Others

This is indeed a smart enneagram that not only has great people skills but they understand the person in front of them and what they need and hence offer or motivate them accordingly!

Enneagram Type 4

They are also known as the individualist because of their desire to be self-sufficient and do things on their own terms. Being dramatic innately, expressive and sensitive describes them very well. Such individuals are very honest, creative and remain reserved and personal however they do long to connect with others. What prevents this? Their fear of being vulnerable or abandoned hence they tend to keep a distance. 

Another highlighting feature of such personalities is that they dislike the ordinary lifestyles people have most probably because they feel they cannot achieve something like this in their life.

  • Intrapersonal Intelligence
  • Deep Understanding

This enneagram is very good at understanding their own selves. They can regulate their own emotions and express themselves in even better ways – they have great self expression. Such people appear wise because they are clear with what they want and are not confused.

Enneagram Type 5

These individuals are very much interested in learning things that are relevant to their area of interest. They will investigate its elements and try to gather as much information as they can! The enneagram type 5 is alert, innovative but secretive at the same time.

People with this enneagram type have the ability to build complex ideas and skills; this is possible only because of their focus on the specific area they are working within and their dedication to master it.

  • Analytical
  • Sources of Knowledge
  • Critical

When it comes to understanding theories and concepts – this enneagram knows how to work! They have very good analytical skills and can process large amounts of information in an objective manner! They are hence smart when it comes to the books.

Enneagram Type 6

A type 6 enneagram is also known as the loyalist because of their traits that include commitment and engaging with others and willing to fulfill their promises. These individuals are very hard working as well as reliable and people that can be countered. They believe in being there for others, especially their loved ones.

The type 6 enneagram is also an excellent problem solver and they are able to see where the loopholes are, why exactly there is a problem and what possible solutions there are! They are great at bringing people together for a common cause that requires cooperation and joint resources in order to solve an issue or problem!

  • Problem Solvers
  • Good Observation

These enneagrams are great at understanding systems or how things work and breaking them down into simpler parts. However, they are known for solving issues that they pick up on!

Enneagram Type 7 

These individuals are versatile and spontaneous! They have a lot of energy in them and they like to be in high spirits! However, by continuously working themselves out, they can get tired and become exhausted and hence lose focus. They will become distracted and lose track of the goal they had in mind. It is obvious then that they have problems with impulsiveness and impatience.

Overall, these individuals are joyful and cheerful and that is what they emanate when they are around others. At their best, they want to focus on worthy goals that use their talents and strengths.

  • Perceptual Skills
  • Information Collection

This enneagram is smart when it comes to observing what is going on around them! You will be surprised at what they notice and how you miss out on things. They will not only notice things but notice them in context and relate them to any issues at the moment.

Enneagram Type 8 

This enneagram type can be described as confident, confrontational, decisive and assertive as well. They do not hesitate to voice out their opinions or take a stand for what they firmly believe in. Furthermore, these individuals are focused on what they want and will not stop at anything when it comes to achieving their goals or desires.

However, although they are resourceful and generally straightforward people, these enneagram types are affected by their ego and can be dominating when it comes to being around other people. They want to have what it is that makes them feel complete or whole and as we said they will do anything in their power to get it!

  • Business Intelligence
  • People Skills
  • Practical

When it comes to doing good and practical business and working with people to achieve goals – the type 8 enneagram is pretty smart. Not only do they know how to come up with an idea and implement it but they know how to deal with people and get the job done.

Enneagram Type 9

These personalities just want everything to be okay! They desire peace and justice and will do absolutely anything to obtain this. They avoid conflict at any cost and will prefer to stay far away from it due to the suffering and pain it causes as well as the unproductive outcomes that accompany it.

The type 9 enneagram is one that fears loss and separation and they do not want to be in the bad books of anyone. This is why they are generally quite accepting and agreeable because they do not want to clash much with others even if it means not getting their point across or effectively expressing their views and why they support a certain stance!

  • Diplomatic
  • Problem Solving Approach
  • Bridge Differences

This enneagram is very smart when it comes to dealing with people in situations where their interests may be different. They have a conflict avoidant approach and ensure that by the end of the day they will help the parties reach a solution.


This article took a look at what it means to be smart and highlighted how each enneagram type in the personality system is smart in their own areas. The article also introduced each enneagram type briefly to the audience.

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