The glorious thing about entrepreneurs is their diversity. Some are swash-buckling risk takers. Others are determined plodders who won't take no for an answer. Some are born salespeople. Others are quieter types.
But amidst all this richness of background, approach, and personality, can any commonalities be found? Are there any traits that all entrepreneurs share or surefire tells that someone will succeed as a founder?
Nope, answers Paris-based VC Audrey Soussan in a fun recent Medium post. There isn't one type that tends to succeed as an entrepreneur. There are four. That's the conclusion Soussan came to after studying the profiles of the CEOs of the successful companies in her firm's portfolio anyway. Here they are in brief.
1. The visionary
"For these founders, entrepreneurship goes with vision, market anticipation and new ideas. They care a lot about execution but what they are the best at, is feeling the trends, predicting the future and testing new ideas," explains Soussan.
2. The audacious go-getter
This is the founder whose "excess of optimism and confidence sometimes makes me feel he is unrealistic, or even very nave," writes Soussan. "Whatever the topic, whatever the challenge and whatever the deadline, this entrepreneur will always think that this is achievable... and he will always make it happen! Why? Because persistence and execution are his two keywords."
3. The industry expert
With years of experience in a particular industry, "these types of entrepreneurs are not only very well positioned to feel what is needed in the market--as they understand it perfectly--but they are also usually pretty good at executing their business as they easily earn their customers' and partners' trust because of their credibility and legitimacy," claims Soussan.
4. The natural leader
Soussan admits this type is a bit of a rare bird in her experience, but she has occasionally come across a founder whose core skill is a mix of "communication, empathy (social intelligence, understanding the other) and inspiration."
Why is this a powerful combination? Because "one of the main challenges for a founder is to attract the best talents. Make people want to work for you. Make people stick to your vision. That's what a natural leader can do. Whatever the subject, during either growing or declining times, he will motivate teams and captivate the audience."
Soussan's post offers examples of real-life leaders of each type she has worked with as well as illuminating moments when they displayed their particular talents. Check it out to read more.
Which of these types do you most resemble?