Driven business leaders are not created equal. Each of us possess separate and distinct superhero talents. When we develop self awareness, we realize there are certain situations in which we thrive.
Have you thought about the type of business leader you are, or might become? Let’s look at three driven types: Entrepreneurs, Solopreneurs, and Intrapreneurs. For each, I’ll give you a formal definition, then my definition, and finally, a blog you might enjoy reading if you fall within that personal leadership style. I hope you won’t mind that I’m going to ask you to do me a favour at the end of this article.
Formal definition: A person who sets up businesses and takes on risk in the hopes of profit.
My definition: You know you’re an entrepreneur when…
- You see opportunity everywhere — even when your eyes are closed.
- You see failure as a temporary setback — an investment in education.
- Your favourite words are “What if…?”
A blog entrepreneurs might like: Both Sides Of The Table
Formal definition: A solopreneur is an entrepreneur who works alone; one who runs a business single-handedly.
My definition: You know you’re a solopreneur when…
- You tell people you’re the CEO, the Accountant, or the company’s Administrative Assistant – depending on who’s asking and what day it is.
- You know your daily receivables balance to the penny. By heart.
- You can reconcile banking statements, bang out a killer proposal, and reprogram your computer… in a single morning.
A blog solopreneurs might like: The Solopreneur Life
Formal definition: An intrapreneur takes responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product within the confines of an organization; one who challenges the status quo within a company to build a better future.
My definition: You know you’re an intrapreneur when…
- You’re the first person people look at when they need to solve a complex problem or initiate change.
- You see connections where others see none; you’re able to think 3 and 4 steps ahead before a new process is initiated.
- You work 60-70 hours per week because you’re building the business, not because anyone might notice and think more of you.
A blog intrapreneurs might like: Savvy Intrapreneur
I’m an intrapreneur. Which one are you?