GbizQ Entrepreneurship Forum
Many people dream about being the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk. But not everyone becomes a successful entrepreneur. What does it take besides brains, hard work, capital and loads of luck? There are personality markers in an individual that might offer clues of an entrepreneurial streak that might be lurking underneath a bank teller, engineer, truck driver or anyone for that matter. Research studies have shown that certain psychological traits are better suited for the tough, challenging road to becoming an entrepreneur. Prof. Martin Obschonka – a Ph.D. psychologist in Saarland University, Germany who studies entrepreneurship in different regions of the world refers to them as the “Big Five” traits.
- Extraversion: outgoing, energetic
- Conscientiousness: efficient, organized
- Openness: inventive, creative, open to new experiences
- Agreeableness: friendly, compassionate
- Neuroticism: sensitive, nervous
Research shows that an entrepreneurial constellation of these “Big Five” characterizes many successful entrepreneurs.
GbizQ Straw Poll
Who is your favorite business entrepreneur? What traits in him/her do you admire the most?