Dyslexic entrepreneurs: the incidence; their coping strategies and their business skills

Dyslexia. 2009 Nov;15(4):328-46. doi: 10.1002/dys.388.


This comparative study explores the incidence of dyslexia in entrepreneurs, corporate managers and the general population. It examines the suggestion that dyslexic entrepreneurs develop coping strategies to manage their weaknesses, which are subsequently of benefit in the new venture creation process. Results of this study suggest that there is a significantly higher incidence of dyslexia in entrepreneurs than in the corporate management and general US and UK populations and some of the strategies they adopt to overcome dyslexia (such as delegation of tasks) may be useful in business. The study was undertaken in two parts. First, entrepreneurs and corporate managers completed an online questionnaire, which combined questions about their company, their management or leadership role and their business skills together with questions that were designed to explore the likely incidence of dyslexia. A follow-up study that made use of a semi-structured questionnaire explored business issues and educational experience in more depth with those who had been diagnosed as dyslexic and those who did not have any history of dyslexia or any other learning difficulty.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological / physiology*
  • Art
  • Athletic Performance
  • Commerce / statistics & numerical data*
  • Communication
  • Dyslexia / epidemiology
  • Dyslexia / psychology*
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship / statistics & numerical data*
  • Executive Function / physiology*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Industry
  • Leadership
  • Risk-Taking
  • Self Concept
  • Social Behavior
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology