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12 Essential Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

Brad Sugars, the founder of ActionCOACH, identifies five different types of entrepreneurial mindsets, patterns of thinking, and belief systems.

An entrepreneur is a businessperson who not only conceives and organizes ventures, but also takes great risk in doing so. Not all independent business people are true entrepreneurs, and not all entrepreneurs are created equal. Different degrees or levels of entrepreneurial intensity and drive depend upon how much independence one exhibits, the level of leadership and innovation they demonstrate, how much responsibility they shoulder, and how creative they become in envisioning and executing their business plans.