Intrapreneurship is the journey of an individual from an employee within an organisation to an individual who thinks and works as an entrepreneur, treating the organisation as his own. Thus, intrapreneurship offers the employee the resources to continue to be a part of a larger organisation and yet display an entrepreneurial bent of mind.
While today many organisations are helping their employees evolve and acquire intrapreneurial talent by establishing self-sustainable ecosystems within their business, the truth remains that intrapreneurship is a mindset and most of the work to ‘unlock’ one’s intrapreneurial potential rests with the individual.
An obvious question is why one at all should strive to be an intrapreneur when you can continue being another employee? A very valid question, indeed!
But do you know that it is an intrapreneurial mindset that keeps such employees on their toes, always thinking of ways to expand the organisation? Intrapreneurs stand out with their art of communication, their self-confidence and their skilfulness. An intrapreneur’s attitude can transform simple, routine work into a passionate quest for growth and excellence. Intrapreneurship is an attitude that can help you emerge as a leader looked up for wisdom and positivity.
But do you know that it is an intrapreneurial mindset that keeps such employees on their toes, always thinking of ways to expand the organization? Intrapreneurs stand out with their art of communication, their self-confidence and their skilfulness. An intrapreneur’s attitude can transform simple, routine work- into a passionate quest for growth and excellence. Intrapreneurship is an attitude that can help you emerge as a leader looked up for wisdom and positivity.
Today, experts have come up with several methods that can be the key to unlocking intrapreneurial attributes within yourself. Here are five such traits or tips that can help you transform yourself into an intrapreneur and set yourself apart from your peers.
1) Ownership is the key
Thinking like the owner is what is the first attribute that one must develop if you are looking to become an intrapreneur. A strong sense of belongingness for the organisation exhibited through financial prudence, detail to quality, accountability, and decisions that add value to the business are some aspects that take you several notches closer to be an intrapreneur.
Take the initiative, brainstorm on essential ideas that can help increase revenues, lower costs or even help build the company culture and employee morale, and lead by example – because ownership is the key to be an intrapreneur.
2) Carry a winner’s attitude
Intrapreneurs are always on the move, looking for newer avenues to grow. They invest their time and energy in nurturing their skills such as risk management, crisis management, etc. and have a ‘never die’ attitude. If you want to grow as an intrapreneur, the first step is to shed fear and hesitation and carry a winner’s attitude.
Be forthcoming with fresh ideas, work towards implementing them and dealing with hurdles headlong. Sometimes, the right approach and inclination to learn is all that is vital.
3) Constant improvement and self-transformation count
Identifying an intrapreneur from the crowd of employees is not a very difficult task. An intrapreneur doesn’t know the phrase “This is not my job!” for s/he is always ready to take up newer challenges within their job profiles. Walking the extra mile beyond their job descriptions and expanding their key result areas is what can help identify people with intrapreneurial traits. Such people proactively take up responsibilities, gracefully accept feedback, are self-motivated and always working towards a goal that will add value to the organisation.
So, if you want to be counted under the head of intrapreneurs, continually improve yourself (even if these are small improvements) and be ready for self-transformation. Take it upon yourself to think like a boss, identify and pursue opportunities within the business and look beyond your job title and description to contribute in a meaningful way to the company.
4) Team up
You can’t go far alone. Undoubted, that is the reason that one can find intrapreneurs at the fore of most team engagement activities. An important intrapreneurial trait is the acceptance and recognition of the power of teamwork. So, for intrapreneurs, it is imperative to put together a team of like-minded allies who will add to your strength and whom they can trust and depend.
5) Acumen to take calculated risks
Finally, no pain is no gain. As an intrapreneur, you will have to imbibe the insight to make calculated risks and well-informed decisions. You would need to hone your problem-solving capabilities and learn to take the onus of failures.
Breaking away from stereotypes and experimenting and exploring varied paths is what counts, for untrodden paths are the ones that lead to innovations. So, take charge and march ahead, but remember to keep your head on your shoulders. Present yourself as someone who is prepared to take risks, discover and be involved.
If intrapreneurship is your goal, learn to have an eye for details, strive towards reinventing the goals where possible and always remain aligned to the business vision. Remember: Problems are nothing but opportunities waiting for the right somebody to come along and solve them.
So, be creative, find your opportunity and implement your solution like a boss. That is what intrapreneurship is all about.