Your personality may be linked to your career path and leadership style more than you think. To find out more, we asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what (often surprising) traits have helped them run their business. Here’s what they had to say:
1. Quick Decision-Making
My ability to make decisions quickly and iterate on a dime has helped tremendously. What many people have called impulsivity has allowed me to become incredibly relevant in a very short amount of time. No bad press lasts longer than a few days, so why dwell on the mistakes? – Justin Gray, LeadMD
2. A Strong Work Ethic
It’s surprising because many observers think that entrepreneurs succeed because of a brilliant idea, or tremendous product or coding talent. But I’ve found that putting in time — responding to emails quickly, providing feedback as soon as possible — ensures that you have a hold on your team. Not only can you lead by example, but it also keeps projects moving quickly. – Bhavin Shah, Refresh
Meet Justin Gray
Justin is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of LeadMD, the world’s largest revenue operations agency having implemented over half of the Marketo user base. Justin has made a career of launching successful companies and scaling them, with successful exits of over 200MM+ in the last decade. Justin’s latest endeavor launched in 2016 when he co-founded Six Bricks an online learning startup designed to combat employee and customer churn through experience-based education. Over the past 10 years, Justin has emerged as a strong voice for entrepreneurship, marketing and culture. As a recognized speaker, Justin has been published over 350 times in industry publications and holds his own column, Tribal Knowledge in Inc., while writing for Entrepreneur, Tech Crunch and others. Justin and his wife Jennifer met over marketing and three years later welcomed their son, Grayson, into the world in April of 2017.