Which type of founder are you?
Building a company is hard; you need confidence, optimism, and talent to become an entrepreneur. You need to put the hard work to make a company which stands the test of time.
Nobody says that it’s easy – you will run into challenges and bumps no matter how hard you work. But what if it’s the type of founder that you are that is causing problems to occur?
Every founder is entirely different, and everybody runs their team completely different. There’s really no right way to do this, it’s a bit like parenting…but instead of a child it’s a business.
So, below we’ve put together a little fun guide of what type of founder you are, the challenges it may cause you and your time. Don’t take it too seriously, though.
- The operator
This type of founder sits behind everything, they will know the ins and outs of every single little bit – even getting involved in some things.
They’ll be in and out of various different departments and teams, making sure that they understand everything about it.
The good thing about an operator is that they are in touch with their team. When you take the time out of your day to learn about different roles, you’ll also understand the challenges your organization faces. No doubt, your team look up to you and feel that they can come to you with any problems.
The downside to being an operator is that you might micromanage. This is basically where you step in too much, and it may start to infuriate your team. What you should take away from this is that you don’t have to overlook and manage everything – your team is more capable than you might think.
These are a little bit different to operators, in the sense that they sit at the front and don’t tend to look back – unless it’s an emergency.
Drivers can be spotted from their, well, drive. They push everything to go one step further, and the company is continuously moving in a forward direction. Drivers are great at making their business successful, and always break down barriers.
The only issue that might arise is that you might forget to check up on all your passengers. How are your team doing? Even the ones right at the back? Make sure you’re aware of any problems or struggles in your group?
3. The visionary
Ah, the visionary – so many of the best founders are defined as visionaries. They create an entirely new product and always plan forward. Think, Steve Jobs.
You really are geniuses – you have this knack of knowing exactly what product will become successful, way before their time. You know the market before that market exists.
Visionaries always run into problems – mainly people just not understanding. Our tip to you is to put effort, thought and time into explaining your idea to everyone else – not everyone has your brain.
4. The Crusader
Crusader often has quite violent/demanding connotations attached to it. However, as a founder being a crusader isn’t precisely the same as a medieval fighter.
You will campaign vigorously and valiantly for your company and idea. You’re extraordinarily protective and passionate, and this shows with your work and in your team. Often people respect you albeit being a little bit scared of you.
Crusaders often struggle with any accepting any type of change to their idea or team – this is something you need to let your pride down about.
5. The connector
Connectors are like the social animals of the founder world. They look networking and seem to have a phone number for every type of person that you need. This is undeniably a great way to be as a founder.
Connectors have the charisma and connections to attract people to their company and grow. Everybody wants to either know a connector or be one. It’s just a fact.
That being said, connectors can lose sight of the bigger picture – they’re so busy thinking about being liked and accepted by everybody that they fail to criticise or say no to anybody. They tend to be people pleasers. Founders have to be able to say ‘no.’
6. The chill one
You probably think that we’re going to utterly scrutinize chill founders. That just isn’t the case, though. Founders that are a little more reserved can run teams that are creative, innovative and have a lot of fun. This reduces the chance of your team quitting and allows everybody to excel and prosper.
Obviously, as a founder, you will need to start being more involved and a little harsher. This will allow your company to grow.
7. The Explorer
Explorers just love puzzle solving and experiencing new things. They actively seek out new tools, new ways to manage and try to understand every new complex system.
They’ll also explore into traditional ways of managing – everything new is exciting to them. This creates one of the most surprising teams and encourages your company to be ahead of the crowd at all times.
However, explorers run the risk of introducing just too many new ideas and concepts into a team. Sometimes, what your company really wants is stability. Sure change is good, but adding too many new tools and concepts too often will just confuse your team.
You might be more than one of these founders, and that’s completely fine. Like we said, there’s no right or wrong way to run your company, and as time goes on, you’ll discover the best ways to run it.
If you’re running into challenges, it might be because of the type of founder that you are.
Do you have any other ideas about the different types of founders there are? Let us know via the comments below :).