Companies aspiring to be innovative and agile want to recruit entrepreneurial leaders. But most firms lack a scientific way to separate real entrepreneurs from other candidates and instead rely on stereotypes.

Phycological testing of 4,000 entrepreneurs showed three factors that help entrepreneurs stand out:

1) Thriving in uncertainty

2) Passion for ownership (think like owners)

3) Skill of persuasion

Entrepreneurs aren't always more creative, but they enjoy pushing the limits. They also aren't necessarily risk takers, but enjoy novelty and find it motivating. And, they are natural salespeople. Look for these qualities when recruiting entrepreneurial leaders at all levels.


Inspired by: Harvard Business Review - Hiring an Entrepreneurial Leader, by Timothy Butler