Enneagram Type 1: The Reformer

Let's dive deeper into Type 1 on the Enneagram, the Reformer!

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Written by Taylor Nash
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When you discuss Enneagram types at work, you open up the possibility for empathy, compassion, and understanding. A team that works well together performs better, improves communication, and enjoys more purpose-filled work.

Type 1: The Reformer

Motivated by the need to live rightly, and driven by longing for a true, just, and moral world. Loyal, dedicated, conscientious, helpful, well-balanced, and good-humored. Efficient, organized, and always completes the task. Does things in a professional, honest, and ethical manner. A person of practical action who is always concerned with doing the right things in the right way. Naturally gifted at bringing order to chaos and creating structures that allow others to thrive.

This personality type values hard work, self-control, and setting high standards. They find motivation by being or doing things “right” and fear being imperfect or perceived as wrong. They’re detail-oriented and typically the person you go to when dealing with difficult situations that require accuracy, quality control, and improvement.

Type Ones are people of practical action who are always concerned with doing the right thing. One’s are efficient, organized, and dependable to complete the task. They do things in a professional, honest, and ethical manner. Ones have a knack for creating structures that allow others to thrive.


  • 2: The Helper: The Two wing can balance the tendency to criticize others, with an increased ability to empathize with others’ struggles. On the downside, it can also lead to over-controlling and trying to manage other people’s lives.

  • 9: The Peacemaker: The Nine wing can balance the tendency for perfectionism with a calm harmony. On the downside, it can also lead to procrastination from a fear of falling short of the ideal.


  • 7: The Enthusiast: Becomes more enthusiastic, fun, open-minded, optimistic, and spontaneous by moving toward the positive qualities of Sevens. Focus shifts from criticizing what’s wrong, to appreciating what’s right and good. When Ones feel secure, they lighten up and are more spontaneous.


  • 4: The Originalist: Becomes inwardly hyper-critical and can often feel hopeless that expectations will ever be met. Like unhealthy Fours, can become overly sensitive to criticism from others, and lose confidence. Stress impacts Ones with a sense of hopelessness, and they become their own worst critics.

Communication Style

Polite, thoughtful, detailed, and well-formulated. Ones should be mindful that they can become demanding because they have high expectations. Encouraging a One to share their perspective openly can help the team mitigate potential risks.

Your work habits and communication strategies depend primarily on fear and internal motivations. When you identify these in yourself and others, you will have better self-awareness and a heightened appreciation for teamwork.

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