Dyslexics Delegate

Today, I read the blog post on Entrepreneur.com about how dyslexia is common among small business owners.

It’s not surprising that dyslexics are drawn toward running their own businesses. As business owners, they can play down their weaknesses when it comes to reading and writing, and focus on the more creative tasks at hand. But a new study of American entrepreneurs shows that dyslexia may be more even more common among small-business owners than once thought. According to The New York Times , a recent report compiled by Julie Logan, a professor of entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in London, found that about 35 percent of respondents said they were dyslexic. The study also found that dyslexics are more likely to be better at oral communication and problem solving, in addition to delegating authority. “We found that dyslexics who succeed had overcome an awful lot in their lives by developing compensatory skills,” said Logan. “If you tell your friends and acquaintances that you plan to start a business, you’ll hear over and over, ‘It won’t work. It can’t be done.’ But dyslexics are extraordinarily creative about maneuvering their way around problems.”

Since small business owners with dyslexia are often excellent at delegating and communicating orally, it’s no surprise that they succeed.


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