The Entrepreneur as a management style is pretty similar to the open manager in that they are full of new ideas, energetic, and can be fun to work with. Entrepreneurs are hard workers themselves and often expect employees to go above and beyond their stated duties.
How to recognise an Entrepreneur
As the name would imply, he or she is often the founder/owner of the company but not always. This is a management style rather than a title. They may have climbed the ranks of a company or industry. Two real life examples I know are someone who started as a cleaner in a store and ended up regional manager and someone who worked up from porter to CEO (100% true). Neither own nor started the business but they fall into the entrepreneur management category.
The Entrepreneur would have a varied skill set themselves so when managing multiple staff of different disciplines, they do have a good idea of what their jobs entail whether that is regarding finance, operations or sales. This is largely an advantage as they are not going to ask you to do something that they themselves have not done or would be prepared to do. It also means you can’t pull the wool over their eyes with regarding to how long tasks take or how laborious your job is.
How to deal with an Entrepreneur
Enforce personal limits, don’t go overboard on working through lunches regularly. Set boundaries. Be a sounding board to their ideas and play and devil’s advocate.
The disadvantages of working with an entrepreneur
As mentioned above, they are quite the jack of all trades and you won’t be able to able to convince them that your tasks take longer than they really do. No slacking off here.
The advantages of working with an entrepreneur
They understand your role and they might see how it fits into the overall company structure better than you can, so through them, you may gain a better appreciation of how important you and your role is in the company, however lowly your title may be. In this regard, they excel at team building.