Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

A successful entrepreneur must be a person with technical competence, initiative, good judgment, intelligence, leadership qualities, self-confidence, energy, attitude, creativeness, fairness, honesty, tactfulness and emotional stability.

Mental Ability 

Mental ability consists of intelligence and creative thinking. An entrepreneur must be reasonably intelligent and should have creative thinking and must be able to engage in the analysis of various problems and situations in order to deal with them. The entrepreneur should anticipate changes and must be able to study the various situations under which decision have to be made.

Clear Objectives 

An entrepreneur should have clear objectives as to the exact nature of the goods to be produced and subsidiary activities to be undertaken. A successful entrepreneur may also have the objective to establish the products, to make profit or to render social service.

Business Secrecy

An entrepreneur must be able to guard business secrets. Leakage of business secrets to trade competitors is a serious matter which should be carefully guarded against by an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur should be able to make a proper selection of his assistants.

Human Relations Ability

The most important personality traits contributing to the success of an entrepreneur are emotional stability, personal relations, consideration and tactfulness. An entrepreneur must maintain good relations with his customers if he is to establish relations that will encourage them to continue to patronize his business. He must also maintain good relations with his employees if he is to motivate them to perform their jobs at a high level of efficiency.

An entrepreneur who maintains good human relations with customers, employees, suppliers, creditors and the community is much more likely to succeed in his business than the individual who does not practice good human relations. Human relations ability can also be referred to as tactfulness.

Communication Ability

Communication ability is the ability to communicate effectively. Good communication also means that both the sender and the receiver understand each other and are being understood. An entrepreneur who can effectively communicate with customers, employees, suppliers and creditors will be more likely to succeed than the entrepreneur who does not.

Technical Knowledge 

An entrepreneur must have a reasonable level of technical knowledge. Technical knowledge is the one ability that most people are able to acquire if they try hard enough.

An entrepreneur who has a high level of administrative ability, mental ability, human relation ability, communication ability and technical knowledge stands a much better chance of success than his counterpart who possesses low levels of these basic qualities.


An entrepreneur must build a team, keep it motivated and provide an environment for individual growth and career development.


Entrepreneurs must have belief in themselves and the ability to achieve their goals.

Long Term Involvement

An entrepreneur must be committed to the project with a time horizon of five to seven years. No ninety- day wonders are allowed.

High Energy Level 

Success of an entrepreneur demands the ability to work long hours for sustained periods of time.

Persistent Problem Solver

An entrepreneur must have an intense desire to complete a task or solve a problem. Creativity is an essential ingredient.


An entrepreneur must have initiative accepting personal responsibility for actions and above all make good use of resource.

Goal Setter

An entrepreneur must be able to set challenging but realistic goals.

Modern Risk Taker

An entrepreneur must be a moderate risk taker and learn from any failures.


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