In my times I was an entrepreneur as well as a leader. It didn't take much to figure that those two roles have both: differences and similarities which are evident from the behaviors, in the strategies and achievements across a wide range of settings.
Summarizing the differences they fall into some of the categories:
- an entrepreneur builds a vehicle; a leader builds a superhighway on which it travels;
- an entrepreneur gets excited about innovative ideas; a leader creates creative work environments and supports brilliant ways to get things done;
- a leader keeps promises; an entrepreneur is excited by opportunities and may not always consider the time and effort it takes to follow through on their promises;
- a leader values and develops personal relationships at all levels; an entrepreneurs often tends to jeopardize important relationships for an idea to come through;
- an entrepreneur dances with failure; a leader with vision, strategy and policy tries to avoid failures;
- an entrepreneur mostly feels comfortable being alone in his/her mission; a leader attracts and develops the followers to lead.