It seen, there are more cases of failures than successes among start-ups. And, if you want to be a successful manager, then you have to be a good leader. There are enormous pressure, as a  start-up, but the way you balance technical and business skills, will allow you to navigate those constant challenges.

10 traits of successful start-up leaders

There are many traits that are important to great leaders, but this blog will highlight the ones that are most needed for any startup’s success. Each leadership quality mentioned below, are voices from successful startups that are effective and can predict your business’s success too.

1- Real Passion

“Most other qualities and characteristics differ and more often than not, one entrepreneur will swear by something that another entrepreneur swears against. But the one thing every entrepreneur has in common is passion for what they do. Without passion, the business will die.” –  Richard Lorenzen, Fifth Avenues Brands

2- The willingness to risk

No startup is going to succeed without some degree of risk on the part of the founder. Ideally, you’ll have the personality to cope with and even thrive in an uncertain environment. If the stove is too hot for you, you’ll want to get out of the kitchen before the soup is ready. – Alexandra Levit, Inspiration at Work

3- The ability to execute

Success is never a guarantee in the world of startups, of course, but if I see a leader who has demonstrated a proven ability to execute, then my money is on that startup. There are many factors that can contribute to a startup’s success, but having someone at the helm who is focused and knows what it takes to successfully execute is key. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services

4- Curiosity

“As a startup leader, you can never stop asking the question, ‘Why?’ Curiosity should run through your veins, as you believe there is always a better way to do something. We get into this business to create change, but don’t ever stop being curious.” –  John Meyer, Lemonly

5- The ability to concentrate

I find that the ability to obsessively concentrate on a problem until a breakthrough occurs is a valuable trait for a startup leader to have. Many times, leaders give up too early, even when a breakthrough was around the corner. When intense focus becomes fun, solving complex problems that businesses face becomes less of a burden, which leads to a competitive advantage in the marketplace. – Lawrence Watkins, Great Black Speakers

6- The willingness to be flexible

A good startup leader needs to be flexible and willing to learn how to continually improve the business, but it’s also important to be strong and steadfast in his support for the business and keeping it moving forward. If you’re too strong, you don’t grow, and you limit your ability to solve the problem. If you’re too flexible, you never find the right track and are bogged down by indecision. – Andy Karuza, Brandbuddee

7- The ability to remain composed

Erratic behavior might be entertaining, but it’s bad for business. Being composed in unstable times presents you as a strong leader to your team and a safe investment to investors. This reliability builds a reputation that will make other companies want to work with you and skilled individuals want to work for you. Emotions should never win in the workplace. – Liam Martin, Staff.com

8- The desire to make decisions

The most successful startup leaders recognize they do not have time to get all of the facts for the dozens of decisions they make each day. Instead, they just need to gather enough information to make sound decisions so the company can move forward. Some of those decisions will be wrong, but it is better to learn from those mistakes and try again than to be immobilized by indecisiveness. – Doug Bend, Bend Law Group, PC

9- The desire to fight rather than adapt

A few important traits for a startup founder to have are tenacity, passion and grit to keep fighting for what they believe is right. But that must be balanced with the humility and openness to listen to customers or team members on feedback that improves the product or service. What determines success is knowing when to apply which one of the personality traits. – Shradha Agrawal, ContextMedia

10- The desire to grow

If you’re always growing and bettering yourself, then you attract others who are doing the same. Your desire to work on yourself also makes you a more intuitive listener because you recognize you don’t know everything, and therefore, you’re open to learning. That’s an attractive quality, and it inspires those around you to do the same. That builds a healthy and sustainable culture. – Corey Blake, Round Table Companies

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