Have you ever considered going into business? Curious to see if you’re cut out for this field? Here are a few key characteristics that successful business people possess.

The world of business spans many disciplines. In almost every corner of the world and within every kind of operation, good business people are needed to ensure that operations run smoothly. If you’re interested in entering the business world and filling that need, here are a few key characteristics that you must possess.

Leadership Skills

Leadership skills not only set you apart to an employer, but they also come in handy for equipping you to climb the ladder and even build your own business someday. Part of being a good leader is proving to those around you (both peers and managers!) that you are reliable and trustworthy. If you expect people to follow you, they have to be able to trust you. Work on establishing trust by keeping your appointments, bringing others in on new opportunities, and refusing to fuel office politics.

Competitive Ambition

Being in business comes with risks. A good business person has to have an ambitious drive that can quickly identify new opportunities along with a competitive streak that is able to take the risk necessary to follow through on the opportunity. And when those risks don’t pan out, which will happen at some point, a good business person has to be able to learn from that mistake, move forward, and try again.

Curious & Adventurous Spirit

Right along with competitive ambition follows a curious and adventurous spirit. It takes a lot of intellect to survive the business world, and with constant changes in economics, markets, technology, and more, you have to maintain a curious spirit. The term “life-long learner” defines a successful business person; always be eager to learn more and figure out how the changing landscape impacts ongoing projects.

Solid Communication Skills

When you’re not selling, you’re building relationships, so no matter what sector of business you work in, you have to be a good communicator. The good news is that communication is a skill that can be learned. If you don’t already have a solid grip on communication, focus on developing and growing your skills for both written and face-to-face interactions.


We emphasize integrity a lot here at Concordia. You have the opportunity to stand apart in the business world by having a steadfast dedication to integrity in everything that you do. Integrity in business looks like playing fair, maintaining promises, looking out for your coworkers or staff, and keeping your customers’ best interests in mind.

If you already possess these characteristics and are interested in pursuing a business career, your next step is to invest in training and education. Whether it’s starting with a bachelor’s degree or elevating your education to a master’s degree, we’ve got you covered here at Concordia. Plus, with 15 concentrations for our MBA, you can make yourself even more valuable to employers by choosing a specific area of focus like health care administration, sport and entertainment business, or innovation and entrepreneurship.

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