This psychological test of small business chiefs, called the Test of Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS), also works with big corporations, the military and Olympic athletes.
See how you compare:
Myth 1: Entrepreneurs “get off” on taking risks.
Fact: They vary widely on risk tolerance. They do, however, score much higher than other execs on “performance under pressure,” with scores usually reserved for top athletes and commandos. Do you go for the basket at the buzzer?
Myth 2: They’re control freaks.
Fact: While entrepreneurs do like to control things, they beat other execs on a measure called “focus over time,” meaning that they’ll sacrifice whatever’s necessary to reach a goal.
Myth 3: They can’t strategize.
Fact: Entrepreneurs ranked particularly high in “analysis,” or seeing problems as puzzles and thinking strategically to solve them.
Myth 4: They’re bullies.
Fact: They rank in the top 18 percent on ability to support and encourage others: higher than every group except the best salespeople. Do you “recruit the world?” These fast-moving leaders help others succeed, too.
To test your own aptitude as an entrepreneurial leader, go to www.inc.com/inc500.
—Adapted from “The Psychology of Success,” Keith McFarland, Inc.