The Single Leadership Trait All Entrepreneurs Need to Succeed


I’ve read dozens of management books in my time — and frankly I’m bored with reading the same advice about the importance of honesty, integrity, resilience and empathy. While I agree these are all important for success in business, most books overlook the elephant in the room — temperament. When I created my first business, I had a client who was a nice guy, but as a CEO he was feared and disliked by his employees because of his volcanic temper. Plagued with high staff turnover and low morale, it was a blind spot which undoubtedly damaged his business. I didn’t envy the employees on the receiving end of his rage, but I sympathized with him. Running a business is a hard slog.

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