The necessity of targeted aptitude diagnostics for company founders : relationships between personality traits, perceived stress, satisfaction, and performance

  • In the course of a growing start-up market and strongly increasing investment volume, investors try to predict the success of a business as precisely as possible in advance. However, when assessing the personality of the founder or founding team, they still rely far too often on their gut feeling, thereby reducing the quality of their decisions. Our study therefore aimed at investigating whether there are any relationships between the founders' personality traits and their performance and thus justifying the need for more targeted and optimized diagnostics in the field of founder personality. With a total of 141 founders, clear correlations between personality traits (conscientiousness, emotional stability) and performance could be demonstrated in the present study. In addition, it became evident that perceived stress is also related to the founders’ personality (emotional stability negative, conscientiousness positive) and in turn has a negative effect on performance. Our findings contribute to raising awareness of the importance of personality as a predictor of founders' performance, improving decision-making, and, in the long run, replacing gut feeling as an inappropriate assessment criterion of investors.
Author:Lucas Fichter, Charlotte von Bernstorff, Sonja RohrmannGND
Parent Title (English):Heliyon
Place of publication:London [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/09/21
Date of first Publication:2020/09/21
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/10/08
Tag:Business psychology; Company founders; Entrepreneurship; Personality traits; Potential analysis
Issue:9, art. e04987
Page Number:9
First Page:1
Last Page:9
Institutes:Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Open-Access-Publikationsfonds:Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitung 4.0