Three MBTI® Types and their Entrepreneurial Journey

Your MBTI® type tells you about your preferences – what comes to you naturally and what you naturally find distasteful. These preferences shape our lives in profound ways. We asked three entrepreneurs, each of a different MBTI® type, how they became entrepreneurs, what the purpose of their venture was and what they learnt from their entrepreneurial careers. Each person’s response to these questions gives us an insight into how their own preferences shape their approach to entrepreneurship.

Mr. J Rajagopal is an independent consultant and identifies his type as ISTJ. He sees his previous work experience as the main reason for choosing entrepreneurship. As an experienced intrapreneur he set up consulting operations for a major consulting firm and he realized that he can offer much needed help and advice to senior executives. He views his ability to plan, attention to details and flawless execution as his greatest strengths. Click here to view his complete response.

Mr. Arun Rao is the founder of FOCUS Adventures India and identifies his type to be ENFP. Unlike Mr. Rajgopal, he found his calling more intuitively and from the fact that corporate life, however successful, was too boring for him. His mission statement is to be a catalyst of change in people, which aptly summarises an ENFP outlook. He says his strength is his ability to use ideas to transform people. He confesses that he loves conceptualizing and inspiring people, but prefers to have operational details handled by someone else. These strengths in working with people and dislike for operational details are very typical of the ENFP type. Click here to view his complete response.

Mr. Ravi Shankar is the founder of ePeople HR Services Pvt. Ltd and identifies his type to be INTP. In his response, he shares the challenge he experienced in deciding what business he would want to start. He talks about global perspectives on technology and how he wanted to use it within the consulting space to empower people. This kind of systems thinking is very common to NTs and INTPs particularly. He also speaks of introspecting and inward-looking exploration of who he is vis-à-vis what others want him to be. Such exploration and inward focused thinking indicates a dominant introverted thinking common to INTPs and ISTPs. Click here to view his complete response.

MBTI® type may influence how entrepreneurs make sense of their environment and make decisions. Further, responses of the three entrepreneurs clearly indicate that an entrepreneur could learn a lot about his/her type using the MBTI® instrument. While all types can succeed at entrepreneurship, what strengths and challenges will help/hinder each of them are valuable insights that the MBTI® instrument can provide.

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