What are the key skills for successful entrepreneurs?

Thursday 13 December 2012

The most successful entrepreneurs tend to have a number of common attributes and characteristics, a business expert has claimed.

Writing for the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, Bill J. Bonnstetter said the first essential skill to look for is the power of persuasion.

He said the quality serial entrepreneurs display above others is the ability to convince others to change the way they think, believe or behave.

Strong leadership is also important, Mr Bonnstetter claimed.

He said that good leaders have a compelling vision for the future, which others are able to buy into.

They are also personally accountable in the sense that they confront obstacles head on, Mr Bonnstetter noted.

Rather than giving up or passing the task on to somebody else, strong entrepreneurs are energised by the challenge, he claimed.

They are able to energetically focus efforts on meeting a goal, mission, or objective, the writer suggested.

Finally, Mr Bonnstetter said that strong interpersonal skills make a big difference to people setting up a company.

This includes the ability to communicate effectively, build rapport, and relate well to people from all backgrounds and communication styles.

Posted by Steve Williams