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Type and entrepreneurship

Britain (particularly Scotland) has a poor track record in nurturing entrepreneurs. As the Government now recognises the importance of a healthy business birth rate to the economy, any insights on the development of entrepreneurs must be welcome.

Starting a business is always a risky undertaking. This means that it is more important for entrepreneurs, than it is for the average person in the street, to be acutely aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Obviously the MBTI™ has a huge role to play here in helping entrepreneurs become self-aware.

When people are setting up a business it can be particularly important for people with different types, and skills, to work together to get a business off the ground. For example, many entrepreneurs have a preference for ENTP. They are classic ideas people and can be high risk-takers. But ENTPs are poor at practicalities and attention to detail and so are not always the best people to get their businesses off the ground. On the other hand,  SJs are extremely good at the very tasks which some of the more obviously entrepreneurial types – such as ENTPs – are bad at. The SJ weakness is commonly a lack of vision or innovative ideas. So if you can get different types working together to get a business off the ground then it more likely to succeed. Providing, that is, the types involved can respect their different approaches and skills.

In his book Joining the Entrepreneurial Elite, Olaf Isachsen uses Keirsey’s temperament theory to divide entrepreneurs into four types and to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.


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