There is no entrepreneurship gene

Rock stars of the business world, freewheelers, opportunists, innovative mavericks, free birds, insiders, outsiders, risk takers, system thinkers, obsessive compulsives, control freaks… Dear child, many names. Fact is, there is still little agreement over the precise definition and understanding of a (successful) entrepreneur, the single most distinct factor apparently distinguishing successful, high-growth entrepreneurs from moderate or low growth entrepreneurs is the higher proportion working in a partnership. The reason behind? There is no such thing as an entrepreneurship gene… The key statements are:

  • Traditional companies can learn from entrepreneurial leaders
  • Innovation affects the whole ecosystem of a business
  • Entrepreneurial leaders are made, not born
  • Entrepreneurship is rarely a one-off decision
  • Entrepreneurs do share common traits

Sources: GEM Entrepreneurship Monitor | 2011 — Ernst & Young | Nature or nurture – decoding the DNA of the entrepreneur | 2011