Every one of us has read those ‘must have attributes‘ for entrepreneurs like optimism, perseverance, and others. They have been doing rounds for quite some time on the internet. Are they the only mental strengths that a startup founder or anybody else for that matter of fact should have for success?
Or should we be looking at something more? Here are 5 offbeat attributes (FATSO) that you might not have heard of before:
Yes, you read it right! Fear of the future and where you stand 6 months down the line gives sleepless nights to many. However, the lack of fear also topples one’s ambition. The constant fear of the unknown keeps a person on their toes and alert to things happening around them (Errors, Sour Customer Reactions, Server downs, Competition, Funding, etc.)
It is the ability to say ‘No’ or stand for what you believe in despite the odds. We all say ‘Yes’ even if we don’t want to out of fear of hurting others. This is a misplaced fear unlike point 1 above. People might not like you being straightforward initially but they will begin to respect you for it.
Being a one-man show or a small sized startup, founders many a time avoid delegating certain crucial tasks to other. This is again out of fear that their talent might not deliver as required. However, a true founder trusts his colleagues and allows space for mistakes. That’s how everyone grows with the company as a whole.
Setting an Example
Founders should get rid of that ‘God‘ like aura around them and set a true example for his/her followers. They should be someone that people look up to, get inspired and learn from. Sure, they might be taskmasters but one should realize that anything of value doesn’t come easy.
Share your vision and watch your team suddenly turn into rock stars. When people understand ‘why’ they are doing something, they tend to put their hearts into to achieve organizational goals. Merely working on a task whose purpose talent doesn’t understand, leads to havoc.
These attributes exist naturally or can be developed with practice and time. Having them will take a founder and his organization a long way on the path of tranquility, sustainability, and success.