Intrapreneurship is a system that allows an employee to act like an entrepreneur within your company.
Intrapreneurship is, in short, supporting courage in employees.
Intrapreneurs are self-motivated, proactive, and action-oriented people who take the initiative to pursue an innovative product or service.
To ignite intrapreneurship in your company, you must grant employees the space to bring their full selves to work, and to be genuinely open and curious to their bright ideas and unique insights.
When your employees feel safe and cared for, as well as respected and valued, they will have real meaningful innovative breakthroughs.
You can also gain from encouraging employees to think and act as business owners, as entrepreneurs.
To think and behave like they are owners, employees drive change, and thus embody the principles of a supportive work culture.
Intrapreneurs are not afraid to take risks, they are accountable for their work and are driven by a genuine desire to improve the customer experience.
All of us at Excelerate America work as intrapreneurs. While we each have our own unique roles and responsibilities, we are all encouraged to think and behave like owners. Because of this culture, we are creative and innovative and all have a hand in creating and building this company.
The intrapreneur mindset is equally relevant for the recognition and empowerment of women in the workplace.
Many companies now look for initiatives and programs to support their female employees, to encourage them to speak up, take the place they deserve, ask for promotions, and influence decisions.
Intrapreneurship is much more than a trendy buzzword. More and more leaders understand and recognize its unique added value to a truly successful work culture driving meaningful changes and lasting growth.
I hope this inspires you to ignite intrapreneurship in your company.
Leslie Youngblood is the Creative Director for Excelerate America, the fun, smart service for small businesses. Share your intrapreneurship story with Leslie by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.