There are always two sides to a coin, and there is both good and bad in people. Recently, I explored the dark side of the classic personality profile of an entrepreneur. I also sparked a bit of debate. Some people don’t like admitting that even the good guys have bad sides.
It hurts to take a good look in the mirror, doesn’t it?
But as I said, there is good and bad in all people, and that goes for entrepreneurs, too. Let’s take a look at some of the positive aspects of the classic personality profile of an entrepreneur:
Making it Happen
If a project isn’t progressing, an entrepreneur is the one who will get the ball rolling. With high energy levels and plenty of drive, an entrepreneur makes things happen. They’ll motivate, they’ll push, they’ll work hard to achieve the desired outcome.
Nothing’s happening? Business is boring? You can guarantee an entrepreneur will stir the pot and get some action going. He doesn’t wait for someone else to tell him what to do. If a problem happens, an issue arises or an obstacle occurs, an entrepreneur starts thinking of ways to resolve the situation.
Entrepreneurs tend to be forward-thinkers and highly creative individuals. They often apply their natural analytical skills to think up new methods to achieve goals faster or better. Entrepreneurs often come up innovative ideas to resolve issues, and they’ve advanced technology in the world beyond belief.
Nothing is too tough for an entrepreneur. Since these people love challenges, they tend to not be discouraged in the face of difficulty. Setbacks aren’t an issue, and they don’t become overly emotional or take things personally. The entrepreneur takes a direct approach, thinking, “We have a problem. Let’s fix it.”
Now would be great, and yesterday even better.
Entrepreneurs tend to make excellent leaders and businesspeople. They love the fast pace and complexity of managing a business or building a startup company.
They’re the thoroughbreds of the management world. They comprehend complex situations and easily undertake projects that involve planning, strategic decisions and multiple levels of organization or implementation.
Farsighted, an entrepreneur doesn’t just see the tree – he sees the whole forest and the forest’s potential, too. That doesn’t mean an entrepreneur can’t focus, though. On the contrary. This individual focuses right on the immediate task so he can progress to the next.
Entrepreneurs are realistic. They accept what is, and they deal. They like facts, visual progress, and status reports. They’ll look at plenty of options before taking decisions, too – after all, they want the most optimal solution to achieve a goal.
They’re great problem solvers. Entrepreneurs have the ability to identify all the pieces of a complex puzzle. Then they work on solutions – often faster than others do. They also generally notice problems or potential obstacles quickly, too.
Get Up and Go
The entrepreneur is the action-minded enterprising person that motivates and directs. The calmer people who prefer slower paces and routine help tamper the entrepreneur’s headlong drive, and the entrepreneur keeps business from stagnating.
Entrepreneurs often make some fantastic deals or get good bargains. They connect, they talk, they listen, and they remember all sorts of details about others that help them find exactly the right person for the job or exactly the tool they need to get ahead. Ask an entrepreneur if he knows someone who does X, Y or Z, and you’ll probably get a great referral.
Creating change and opportunity is another fantastic effect cause by an entrepreneur’s personality. These people open up new businesses or discover new opportunities all the time. They help create jobs and better work environments.
They go after goals that positively influence other people. People who fit the classic entrepreneur personality profile to a T. created many of the world’s greatest inventions.
Entrepreneurs tend to be poor in relationships, but they aren’t usually deliberately trying to cause conflict. They trust people, and when they give the gift of trust, they give it all. (Many an entrepreneur has been burned because of that trusting nature, too.)
They’re often blunt and direct, so you can always be sure that whatever an entrepreneur says, he means. There is rarely a hidden secret motive or some unspoken trap to figure out. You know exactly where you stand with an entrepreneur at all times.
You may have your feelings hurt a few times, too. While an entrepreneur likes to be direct and straightforward, he or she often doesn’t realize that this just tromps all over other people’s feelings.
Entrepreneur’s are like untrained puppies. They get so excited that they pee all over someone’s floor without realizing it. When scolded for the innocent behavior, that poor little puppy of an entrepreneur can’t help but say, “I didn’t mean to…”
And yet, the typical entrepreneur has plenty of self-control. This person handles pressure and stress very well indeed. Rarely discouraged, always motivated and continually moving forward, the entrepreneur seeks out environments that let him release pent-up energy…
Kind of like that wiggly, excited puppy.
Highly Trainable Dogs
Puppy-like behavior aside, many entrepreneurs score highly in the ability to absorb knowledge and become highly skilled individuals. They seek out the knowledge they need. Many entrepreneurs have no formal education because they rely on their own ability to self-teach.
What interpersonal skills they lack, they can learn. Entrepreneurs often make great negotiators, because they can directly manipulate a desired outcome through what they say and how they act. It’s a game. They love it.
That means they can learn to get along better with others, too. They learn how to encourage and motivate people or how to be less hurtful with their blunt discourse. They can figure out the best way to work with individual people to put together a crack team that excels.
So there you have it, the good and the bad of the typical entrepreneur’s personality profile. They’re great people to get the job done, certainly. But they’re a challenging individual to deal with on a daily basis.
That’s why we’ll be discussing some tips on how to work effectively with the typical entrepreneur. Stay tuned.