10 Dec The Four Personality Types of Entrepreneurs
In my most recent vlog, I talked about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. In the video, I say that entrepreneurs have certain personality traits like a tolerance for risk and are incredibly imaginative.
I encourage you to take the Myers-Briggs personality test in order to figure out your specific tendencies. You can find the official test from Myers-Briggs here, or a free, unofficial version here. In today’s blog post, I wanted to go over the four personality types that are most prone to be entrepreneurs.
4 Personality Types of Entrepreneurs
ENTP, The Debater:
ENTPs are incredibly knowledgeable and they are quick thinkers. They like to know every angle of every situation, so there isn’t much they won’t understand. Because of their thirst for knowledge, they make great entrepreneurs. They can come up with solutions to problems most people would never think of.
They are also incredibly charismatic. Their confidence and quick wit intrigue others around them. They can be charming and informative at the same time. There is no such thing as too much time being put into solving a problem for them. This is why challenges that entrepreneurs will inevitably face barely faze an ENTP.
Famous ENTPs: Steve Wozniak, Stephen Colbert, Billy Epperhart.
ENFP, The Campaigner:
ENFPs are cause oriented. They share the ENTP’s eye for possibility, but lead chiefly by bringing others in to fight for their cause(s). Contagiously idealistic, yet warm and approachable in person, the ENFP also has a knack for seeing where people might fit into their venture – where they would be most happy and effective. It’s rare to see an ENFP in a CEO’s chair, but you will find them spearheading ventures, especially in the creative fields.
ENFPs are also fiercely independent, which feeds their desire to be entrepreneurs as well.
Famous ENFPs: Julian Assange, Walt Disney, Will Smith.
ESTJ, The Executive:
ESTJs are decisions oriented. While the ENTP and ENFP are primarily dreamer types, the ESTJ is less visionary and more realistic. They are the ones who get things done. Unlike the other Entrepreneur types, ESTJs lead with their decision-making function, and making decisions comes very naturally to them. It’s not that ESTJs are necessarily power hungry, it just makes sense for them to be in a role where they can make the hard calls and keep everybody working effectively. Before you know it, they’ll be running the company.
They are great leaders, and often tend to become presidents of the United States! It is always helpful that they never shy away from challenges.
Famous ESTJs: John D. Rockefeller, Lyndon B. Johnson, James Monroe.
ESTP, The Entrepreneur:
ESTPs are a fantastic mix of entertainment and intelligence. They leap before they look and fix their mistakes as they go. Their tolerance for risk is high, and they can often get themselves out of sticky situations even on the fly.
ESTPs love to have fun, which for them means being around as many people as possible, and they serve the community by being the de facto social chair. The ESTP has been branded the “tycoon” for being in their element both negotiating contracts and hosting events on their yacht.
Famous ESTPs: Winston Churchill, Donald Trump, Peter Schiff.
Now if you have an entrepreneurial heart, but don’t fall into one of these four categories, don’t stress! Nothing is ever so black and white.
You can absolutely be an entrepreneur in any one of the personality types, these four just have traits that align closely with entrepreneurship.
What is your personality type? Let me know in the comments below!