What’s your entrepreneurial style?
I ask because I am reading Built for Growth by Chris Kuenne and John Danner, and this book just nailed me.
The authors talk about four types of business builders – the driver who is relentless, commercially focused and highly confident; the explorer who is curious, systems-centric and dispassionate; the crusader who is audacious, mission-inspired and compassionate and last, but not least, the captain who is pragmatic, team-enabling and direct.
As I gleaned what each type entails, it was easy to see who I was, and not only that they accurately described my strengths… and my weaknesses. Sigh. Tough to take but it gives you the insight to know where you need to focus your energies to improve and enhance your business and your leadership style.
To help you determine which one you are, here is a quick synopsis, and like everything else, nothing is all black and white, and you may find you are a mix.
The driver is the person who is literally driven to succeed. They have an innate ability to see the commercial potential of what they have to offer, are confident and can be ruthless in achieving their goals. Their challenge may be that they fall too much in love what they are doing or offering that they fail to see the potential downfalls and overreach.
The explorer is positive they have a different and more efficient approach to solve a problem. They have a tendency to attract like-minded, curious people and while that is good, it can bring a narrow perspective. There is a need to look at the softer issues and to delegate more and sooner.
The crusader is driven by mission and making a difference. It is easy for them to recruit people and bring them on board with their. it is harder to commercialize what they are doing and to develop the processes and administration required to make it all happen efficiently. They also avoid conflict keep people on board longer than they should.
And then there’s the captain who is pragmatic and who builds a strong team, determined to deliver quality. This is someone who will make the tough decisions but likes to be in and finds it hard to delegate to others. The focus is on execution rather than paying attention to market shifts in fast-moving industries
Do any of these ring true for you? Perhaps you can guess what I am? I am sure my team can!
I am the crusader, so I have some work ahead of me. What is useful about these insights is that it helps you look at you need to bring on board to keep you moving ahead and where you need to work on changes.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.