5 Must-Have Traits of Intrapreneurs

This entreprenurialism trend has been pretty consistent and probably isn’t going anywhere for a while. Society has been transforming the way we work and many people realize they were meant to be their own boss.

I, on the otherhand, realized I’m not into entrepreneurialism as much.

Thus, there’s a group of people like me who are intrapreneurs.

Definition via investopia:
An intrapreneur is an inside entrepreneur, or an entrepreneur within a large firm, who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risks associated with those activities. Intrapreneurs are usually employees within a company who are assigned to work on a special idea or project, and they are instructed to develop the project like an entrepreneur would. Intrapreneurs usually have the resources and capabilities of the firm at their disposal.

Are you wondering if you are an intrapreneur? Below are five skills/traits that help identify intrapreneurs:

#1 - No micro-management needed here

  • Are you a self-starter?

  • When learning something new, do you ask questions and apply your lessons right away?

  • Can team members trust you with a series of tasks without having to look over your shoulder every 30 minutes?

  • Are you proactive and start something without being asked or told to do it?

  • Are you motivated intrinsically and extrinsically in the work you do?

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#2 - Intraprenurs are problem solvers

  • Are you good at thinking about alternatives?

  • Can you see the root of problems?

  • Do you prefer preventing issues before they happen? Are you good at implementing the preventative measures?

  • Are you a glass-half-full type of person?

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#3 - Looking for growth

  • Do you recognize that you get bored in a job when you do the same thing over and over again?

  • When working with teams where challenges are tossed your way, do you flourish?

  • Are you on the constant lookout for new skills? Are you curious?

  • Are you the type that doesn’t complain about being handed a task that requires you to try something new? Do you hate the phrase “that’s not my job”?

  • Are you motivated by results and shift your methods when you recieve constructive feedback?


#4 - Innovative and a drive to do better

  • Do you see holes in the current company’s workflow? Do you try to streamline processes?

  • Do you like to try new things by leveraging other people’s resources to benefit the team?

  • Are you able to adapt and pivot in changing environments?

  • Do you create new things/products/services/processes that worry your bosses, but work out in the end?

  • Are you a risk taker?

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#5 - A team player

  • Do you connect well with others?

  • Are you able to navigate multiple personalities at various levels of an organization?

  • Are you good at communicating?

  • Do you see the value in networking?