“The core is personality, a temperament that simply can’t stop.” That’s partly how Ashoka’s CEO Bill Drayton defined “social entrepreneur” in an interview with SSIR (see our Spring 2004 issue).

Entrepreneurs do indeed have distinct personalities, conclude Hao Zhao of the University of Chicago at Illinois and Scott E. Seibert of the Melbourne (Australia) Business School. They report their findings in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. Using meta-analysis, a...

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