Summary of Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders

How Your Genes Affect Your Work Life

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Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders book summary
People like to think that they get ahead due to hard work – but genes play a notable role.


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Have you been able to move ahead in life because of your efforts and determination? Certainly, your strong character and hard work helped get you where you are today. But your genetic heritage also played a significant role in your workplace accomplishments. It did not directly cause your life’s path, but it influenced your behavior, your choices and the success you have realized. With a different genetic makeup, you might have ended up in another job or lifestyle. The science of this is irrefutable; someone lucky in the genetic lottery has a much better chance to do well. Economist Scott Shane explains all this in his iconoclastic report on genes and their indirect effects on workplace success. Though it is not an easy read, given its somewhat stilted syntax, getAbstract suggests this unsettling, yet eye-opening, book to anyone who really wants to know what makes people tick.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What genes are
  • How they influence workplace behavior
  • How you can learn about your own genetic profile
  • What its implications may be concerning your workplace choices and behavior


Your Genes Help Determine Your Success
Genes affect everything about you, including intelligence and personality. This means your professional accomplishments do not depend solely on how hard you work, or on your education, training or expertise. Some of your professional results are ...
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About the Author

Scott Shane is a professor of economics and entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of more than 60 scholarly articles on entrepreneurship and innovation management, and the author or editor of eight other books.

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