Why You Don’t Want People With the “Entrepreneurial Spirit”

I often hear leaders say they wish more of their people had the entrepreneurial spirit. Yet people with the entrepreneurial spirit are the ones who often become … entrepreneurs. So is it a hopeless wish?
Limeade, the #14 company in Fortune.com’s list of the “25 Best Small Workplaces” doesn’t look for people with the entrepreneurial spirit. They look for people with the intrapreneurial spirit.
What does that mean? People who think big, who think “outside the circle”, who believe that anything is possible, who are self-motivated, proactive and action-oriented in pursuit of innovation … and who feel rewarded by doing it within a team environment and within the strategic context of the business.
As an organizational leader you don’t want entrepreneurs. You want intrapreneurs.
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