It’s not hard to think of examples of successful entrepreneurs: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Duncan Bannatyne can all easily spring to mind. But what was it about these people that led them to thrive where so many other businessmen have failed? Their attitudes and personalities are likely to have played a big part. Here are just five traits that many successful entrepreneurs can draw upon – and you could develop and make use of, too.
Running a business means contending with a stream of challenges, not all of them expected. It isn’t the kind of job suited to someone who could readily contemplate quitting at the first sign of trouble. This isn’t to deny that there might be occasions when, yes, throwing in the towel would be the wisest course of action. However, a corporate leader should still, in the main, consider it only as a last resort. As AudienceBloom founder and CEO Jayson Demers explains in an article for Entrepreneur, overcoming challenges will strengthen you, which will bode better for your future.
Do you remember watching Steve Jobs presenting Apple keynotes and feeling his enthusiasm about new products rub off on you? It’s likely no accident that Jobs came across this way. After all, if your work doesn’t make you passionate, you are unlikely to seek to stick with it. And, yes, it is the work, not just the idea of running your own company, that has to drive your enthusiasm. Put your own unique stamp on the business to allow yourself to express your passion.
An eye for goals
As you might suspect, we are referring to ambition here – but simply mentioning ambition isn’t really being specific enough. Successful entrepreneurs set tangible and measurable goals, giving themselves something definite to work towards. So, set aside time to draw up both short term and long term goals. If you’re struggling to think of goals you’d like to work towards, or even whether you would like to start your own business at all, I offer career coaching services that can help you to decide your calling.
We’ve already mentioned that encountering challenges very much comes with the job of running a business. You might set a timeline that you then veer away from, or find that people react to your products or services a little more negatively you’d originally expected. However, keep in mind that setbacks like these don’t have to utterly ruin your business. Be patient and assist in weathering the storm.
When you show friendliness and good communication skills, your employees will perceive you as one of them, rather than some distant dictator. An endearing personality will also help you with attracting new customers, clinching new deals and increasing the trust that people have in you. In short, you don’t want your image to be too corporate…