Ask a million experts about how to be a good founder and you'll get a million different suggestions. Entrepreneurship is really about making your own path, and part of that is realizing that there is no one blueprint for being a successful founder.
However, we do fall into different types, and that actually helps companies succeed. For instance, one founder may be a reserved technical wizard, while another may be a visionary conversationalist. I believe true success comes from knowing what kind of leader you are, which is why the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Susan Cain's communication work and other barometers are priceless to your bottom line.
In that same vein, I love the "What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You?" infographic from The Founders Institute. It takes some of the brightest leaders from the past century and breaks them down into six categories:
- The Hustler
- The Innovator
- The Machine
- The Prodigy
- The Strategist
- The Visionary
Heroes like Steve Jobs fall into the Strategist category (agile, stable and open-minded) while Elon Musk sits in the Prodigy arena (stable, quick-witted and social). If you look closely, you can see smart pairings coming together, like the analytical Machine founding a company with the charming Hustler.
Me? I am somewhere between the Innovator and the Strategist. Where do you fall?
Infographic Courtesy of The Founders Institute