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    Knowing myself, I would say that an ENTP shouldn't run a business alone. He needs some J to do the accounting and keep the schedule. If an ENTP is part of a business startup, he or she is best employed doing creative work, marketing, or R&D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladypinkington View Post
    Dear Lord you do not want me to run a business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Just for the record, Is tend to be more represented in higher up leadership positions... although it isn't significantly more. The I/E divide really isn't much of a divide in business (unless you want to go into training or service industries). You have a full range of options as an I (or E)... it doesn't hamper you nearly at all.

    (All this assuming a healthy level of either, not the "Extremes" that are assumed when calling oneself introverted.)
    I think it depends on what question you are trying to ask. In the U.S. 80% of businesses are sole proprietorships. I believe in such an endevor you will find E, T and J to be overrepresented although they may only work for themselves or perhaps have a few employees.

    On the other hand if you want to look at leadership types within a corporation: vice presidents, board members, etc... I believe you will find I's to be overrepresented. Working your way up the corporate ladder and owning your own business are two separate things entirely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    I think it depends on what question you are trying to ask. In the U.S. 80% of businesses are sole proprietorships. I believe in such an endevor you will find E, T and J to be overrepresented although they may only work for themselves or perhaps have a few employees.
    I was assuming "successful" was part of the equation - most small businesses fail for a lack of planning and followthrough. In any case, since I don't have any hard evidence within MBTI of what it takes, I'll go with "I don't know for sure" approach, except to say that the companies that I have noted aren't run by strong Es and most research shows this gap to be very small... but again, that wasn't just about the "run from your house" or "corner market" types of companies, but family businesses (which can be from a few people to hundreds, if not thousands.)

    It really does depend exactly what is being talked about, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niki View Post
    I realize that MBTI may probably have a tendency to pigeonhole & boxing people into labels & 'groups' ,..but sometimes I do wonder if it does matter with the capacity/ability/skill for running a business. In other words, based from my observation, looking at some who fall , and some who successfully rise to the top (even in a very quick & 'smart' & cunning ways) , I do now seems to be more 'aware' somehow that probably the answer to all of those rise & fall lies in the MBTI's different Types.

    What I want to ask is: does it really relate with who's more successful in running a business? Does it matter?
    And if yes, which Type do you think that's more suited, and not (or very least) suited for running a business?

    Plus, I'm sure you know the sayings: "in order to run a business, one has to be ruthless" .
    And it's just in my opinion that, some Types just lack that ruthless and goal-oriented aspect, which can eventually turn out on the success or failure of running a business. For example, just from my own observation, "NF" types seems to be lacking that ruthless aspect, often needed in business-world.

    But I could be wrong..
    What do u guys think on this one?
    ENTPs tend to be highly entrepreneurial.

    It's not just type that suits one for a business, I think.
    Upbringing, energy, knowledge can have a lot to do with it, too.

    Anyone can succeed in business if they have people to help them in the areas of their weaknesses.
    Yeah, owning your own business is hard,
    but every type has strengths and weaknesses that will effect it.
    Having owned several businesses and knowing business people,
    I don't really believe being ruthless is a requirement.
    I believe, "what goes around comes around" would be a much better principle to live by.

    Having said that, being ruthless IS a requirement if you're going to be a landlord.
    The nice ones get chewed up and spit out.

    If you're thinking of going into business for yourself,
    if it's something you really want to do,
    don't let anybody logic you out of it.
    BUT- don't do it alone.
    You need help.

    Owning a business is hard work.
    You are at your customers' beck and call 24/7.
    An NF person who has an SJ helping them could do very well
    if they both felt it was something they wanted to do.

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    I ran a store before, somewhat accidentally. I was internally promoted to store manager when I had no intentions of being promoted. I do not think my personality is suited to run a business, but for some reason, I tend get promoted into manager positions. I attribute it to my directness in speech (I'm a "Get this done!" instead of "Would it be possible to get this done?" kind of girl) and my drive to complete goals.

    That being said...

    When running a store, my INFJ personality was suited for...

    -Getting tasks done - I do tend to be a LITTLE more task oriented than people oriented when I have a goal, though if I do offend anyone in the process, I end up feeling awful about it.
    -Getting people to listen to me and work as I needed them to work in order for business to succeed
    -Setting goals and figuring out ways to reach them - usually bringing new ideas to the table
    -I value the needs of others and like to incorporate them into the business. I didn't have much of a problem with my staff disliking me or feeling as though I was unfair. I was also super aware of any problems my employees were having and naturally would do what I could to fix them or adapt things to fit their needs.
    -Though I do value and take into consideration the needs of others, I also I have absolutely no problem directing others.
    -I think the INFJ's natural tendency to anticipate helped out tremendously because I was always prepared - whether it be for a rush of customers or with making sure I wasn't ever short staffed.

    The things that drove me nuts were...

    -The detail work... I wanted to scream whenever I was doing the ordering, etc. I also have the tendency to be spacy and that didn't help much either.
    -Too much people interaction in a group setting... I didn't have much one on one interaction and I don't feel I was very good at managing a group. This also led to me being exhausted often due to lack of recharge time, which led to my stress levels going sky high.
    -I was managing sales and I felt as though I was deceiving others - and INFJ's are all about authenticity. I couldn't truly care about what I was doing (the INFJ need for a purpose thing) and that ultimately made me depressed and led to my decision to resign from the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Knowing myself, I would say that an ENTP shouldn't run a business alone. He needs some J to do the accounting and keep the schedule. If an ENTP is part of a business startup, he or she is best employed doing creative work, marketing, or R&D.
    You sound exactly like my ENTP friend.

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    Keep the INTP type 9 far away from running his own business. You might be able to use him to analyze your business situation and management and tell you some things that need to be improved, though. Just don't let him make the improvements himself.

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    and what about INFP-type?..

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    To use a blunt instrument, I imagine I_FPs would be worst at it, INFPs in particular.
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