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7 Top Qualities Of A Great Business Person

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Have the business idea, worked out a plan, got the capital, started a company, hired employees but still feel something lacking in your great business dream? All those things are important to keep a business running but if you want to become a great business person, you have to work on few more things. And it’s not a high-level degree or a huge capital amount, rather it’s a list of few ordinary yet important qualities. Here are some qualities that are common in all successful business persons. Get on board to become one. 

  1. Leadership Qualities

Leadership is the first and foremost quality for a business person. A leader knows the value of his people and their effort. A leader moves forward with his team and he contributes, instead of just passing orders. He realizes the importance of being generous to others, who contribute to the growth of his business. A great business person is a better leader than just a boss.

  1. Communication Skills

Communication is to business what salt is to food. It is an essential. Most of a business’ success depends on other people like customers, clients, employees and so on. A business person should be able to talk to anyone and everyone. He should be able to convey his ideas to make them a reality. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that communication is the pillar for any business. So start working on people skills.

  1. Intellectual

An intellectual person, who has reasoning and understanding capabilities is respected in every field. If you are a business person, you cannot be ignorant. How do you wish to make your business international if you can’t even name a few countries? Besides the business world, a businessman should have some knowledge about other fields even minutely related to his field like economics, technology, international relations to name a few.

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  1. Qualification and Experience

Business is not a child’s play, it requires certain amount of experience. Different businesses have a minimum skill requirement. It is not mandatory to have qualifications to start/run a business but if you want to be great at it, try to get a business-related qualification. Getting a degree or diploma never hurt anyone!

  1. Ambitious

What is a person without an aim? A person starts a business to reach somewhere, to achieve a goal he has set. Lacking ambition makes work dull and boring, something you ‘have’ to do. Business person should be so passionate about what he does that his passion motivates other people to do better. Dream, believe, achieve!

  1. Calmness

Every business brings with it its own share of stressful situations, especially at the beginning. Being passionate for your business doesn’t mean that you shout at your employees when faced with a critical situation. Stay calm under pressure, focus your energy on dealing with the situation and finding a solution.

Calmness won’t sit at the front desk, but it will definitely do its job in the back office. Time to talk business!

  1. Cheerful and Active

This is an underrated quality but a businessman with a smile will attract more people than an irate one. It’s important for a business person to understand that he/she is a human, not a robot and same applies to his subordinates. A cheerful business person has a natural likeability and people feel pleased working with the likes of them. A great business person is the one who not only succeeds but also stays happy and cheerful.

Even deciding to get into business and working on it shows that you are a determined person. Sure, you have many challenges on your way and people will try to demotivate you at every step but never give up on that big dream. When you reach the top, you’ll realize that it was all worth it!


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Emma London
Emma London is a columnist and member of the ​CEOWORLD magazine editorial board. She's one of the magazine's founding editors and leads global newsroom coverage and management. Having lived in five different countries — the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom - Emma is obsessed with how tech empowers people from all walks of life. She is fluent in Spanish.
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