Born, Not Made: The Entrepreneurial Personality


Born, Not Made: The Entrepreneurial Personality



Books, magazine articles, and educational programs on entrepreneurship are all based on the idea that anyone can be an entrepreneur―that entrepreneurs are made, not born. Well, maybe not. In a study of 234 CEOs funded by the Kauffman Foundation, James L. Fisher and James V. Koch came up with a surprising conclusion: Some individuals are simply more naturally fitted to become entrepreneurs than others. They are pre-wired. Because of heredity, some people are much more likely to become successful entrepreneurs or pursue entrepreneurial strategies within a corporate setting profitably. By recognizing that, this book will significantly improve corporate selection processes, strengthen entrepreneurship programs, and boost the confidence of aspiring entrepreneurs through invaluable insights.

Among other things, Fisher and Koch show that true entrepreneurs not only see the world differently―they act differently. Compared with corporate managers, for example, they are more confident, more decisive, more likely to upset the apple cart, and more energetic. They love to compete but are notable for the partnerships they are able to fashion with friend and foe alike. Such conclusions are remarkable. Why? Because they are based on the only empirical comparison study yet conducted on entrepreneurship. The insights are not based on personal opinion or case studies but on valid and reliable personality indicators. [From]



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Praeger Publishers


Westport, CT


Business enterprises, Business leadership, Management skills


Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

Born, Not Made: The Entrepreneurial Personality

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