Elizabeth Wagele

The Career Within You

For Type 2, 3, & 4 Teens: How to Be a Leader II

Teachers and parents of teens will also benefit from this information.

Posted Feb 03, 2015

The Teacher Shoe Style. Drawing from “The Enneagram of Teens” by E. Wagele.

Dear teen,

Leadership means forming a team to get something accomplished. The Enneagram teaches you to perceive your strengths, to use them with confidence, and to identify skills you could improve.  

Learn about all 9 Enneagram personality types because you have all 9 within you. One of them is your main type. The 2s, 3s, and 4s in this blog are in the heart center. The belly center types (8, 9, and 1) were featured in my last blog. The head center types (5, 6, and 7) will be in my next blog.

Are you a 2-Helper? Helpers create a warm atmosphere, understand what others need, and often perform beyond the call of duty.

2 artist
Elizabeth Wagele

Do you like to have many friends and help others feel happy? Yes__ No__ 

Helpers as leaders express their positive feelings toward others. They

• discover, use, and praise the special talents of those on their team

• interact personally with their team and minimize paperwork

• may lead indirectly and encourage others to take the most visible roles


A Helper teen wanted to do something for a neighbor who was sick and couldn’t go out. She called a meeting of neighbors, making sure everyone felt comfortable, and included a treat as a reward for coming. Then she signed them up to bring the sick lady food, clean her house, and work in her garden until she could manage on her own. 

2 helping
Elizabeth Wagele

If you share the strengths of type 2, use them in your role as leader.

Are you a 3-Achiever? Achievers want to be productive, to succeed, and to avoid failure.

3 artist
Elizabeth Wagele

Do you like to work hard and set ambitious goals for yourself? Yes__ No__

Achievers as leaders:

• are competitive, enthusiastic, and optimistic

• work quickly to get the job done

• strive for useful results  


An Achiever teen read about starving children in Africa and wanted to raise money to buy them food. He persuaded his friends to help him put on a car wash, first lining up a parking lot that had access to water. He took charge of advertising it and making posters. They raised enough money to feed 100 children for four or five months.

Car wash
Elizabeth Wagele

If you share the strengths of type 3, use them in your role as leader.

Are you a 4-Romantic? Romantics want to be understood and to avoid being ordinary.

4 artist
Elizabeth Wagele

Do you appreciate beauty and think about the meaning of life? Yes__ No__ 

Romantics as leaders are emotionally sensitive, have artistic temperaments, and prefer to work on projects that are meaningful to them. They

• are compassionate and tuned into others’ feelings

• stay emotionally engaged

• are creative, discerning, and encourage their team to avoid the routine in favor of a unique approach


A Romantic teen was upset that there was homeless family sleeping outdoors in her neighborhood. The children didn’t appear to be going to school. She got some friends together and they called social services and school and city government officials to arrange counseling and a place to live. Because the teens fought for them, the family was able to move into an apartment and the children started attending school.

Homeless family
Elizabeth Wagele

If you share the strengths of type 4, use them in your role as leader.

This blog includes excerpts from chapter 10 on leadership from The Enneagram for Teens: Discover Your Personality Type and Celebrate Your True Self. Chapters 1 through 9 are each about a different Enneagram type and include cartoons, personal stories by teens, and more. wagele.com/enneagram-teens/