The director as an entrepreneur

Published on June 30, 2019   17 min
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Hello, I'm Dr. Spinder Dhaliwal. I'm a Reader in Entrepreneurship at the University of Westminster. I'm going to be talking about the attributes of an entrepreneur as a director on a board. So, if you are on a board, you're dealing with volatile, uncertain, and complex situations, and therefore, you need to be able to be open to giving advice on different things. As an entrepreneur, you bring qualities to the board, such as really being a leader, being a negotiator, and being a risk-taker. When there are times of chaos, you see through the chaos, and you become really a 'thought' leader. I'm giving some examples of good entrepreneurs who are role models and can really help you understand how these different attributes can be applied.
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In my book, Making a Fortune: Learning from the Asian Phenomenon, I looked at and interviewed several key entrepreneurs who had really made their mark, and they're great role models to really understand what an entrepreneur is, what their role is as a director, and really what the characteristics of an entrepreneur are. We will talk about leaders, risk-takers, and negotiators. We say entrepreneurs need to be persuasive; they have to have a lot of self-confidence. So, I'm going to introduce you to a few people who demonstrate those characteristics.