Young people with a good balance of skills and social contacts – including school, business, family, and friend connections – are much more likely to aspire to become entrepreneurs than those with specialized skills and narrow sets of contacts (3.7 versus 1.9 on a 1-to-4 entrepreneurial-disposition scale), say Uschi Backes-Gellner of the University of Zurich in Switzerland and Petra Moog of the University of Siegen in Germany. Drawing on data from more than 2,000 German young people, the researchers say that well-balanced individuals prefer entrepreneurship because they sense they would be more successful at it. Those with narrower sets of skills and contacts tend to prefer – and are better suited to – becoming employees.
At Predictive Results, our studies show that there is a strong behavioral component to entrepreneurship, also. In fact, we often help our clients find those with that trait when they have positions that would benefit from it. If you need entrepreneurs in your company, let us know. We will show you how to find them from your existing staff or applicants.