Entrepreneurship Li Ka-Shing the Entrepreneur Term Paper

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Within this example there is a fundamental example of the strategy twists used by Li, i.e. The private and presale real estate tactic, which in many ways was before its time, and likely served as an example to many property developers since that time. This rather simplistic but nonetheless effective linear model of Li's business life exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship. Li has, from his first tentative steps in business proved his ability to be in constant development. He is clearly a risk taker and has accepted both reward and loss as a result, markedly more rewards than losses. Lastly, Li demonstrates through his vast network of diversified holdings an ultimate desire to stay ahead of the game and be fiercely independent in doing so.

In 2010, Li was reported to have invested 7.5 million in an emerging market trade company headed by the U.S.'s titled, "Lord of Liquidity" Berry Silbert, named SecondMarket, which specializes in shares trading of privately held firms in a market competing with the stock market. Silbert's concept is a fresh one and the strategy is said to be based on his experience dealing with difficult trades in properties that were illiquid and therefore difficult to market trade and absolve. Even at 83 years old Li is still seeking new and emerging investments in new and emerging markets. (Bertoni, 2010, p. 39)

Clearly Li's leadership style, no matter how secretive elicits respect and his drive and motivation gets results. If I had to guess, based on Li's business and biographical information he would likely be titled as someone utilizing the breakthrough leadership style, though he is likely to rely heavily on traditional Chinese social and business standards. Li seems to be in constant motion seeking new and unique ideas, challenges and investments. Additionally, it is also important to note the Li exemplifies the entrepreneurial leadership style, with a constant sense of motion and innovation, coupled with drive and creativity. Though this is partly an educated guess it is likely that Li is extremely charismatic and serves as an example to those around him regarding drive commitment and probably mostly the inciter of hope. Li, came from nothing to become China's richest man, and though he likely hit on a couple of really lucky first ventures he did so with great skill and developed these lucky ventures to their fullest potential and then moved forward in a way that many find motivational. Li Ka-shing, serves as an example to anyone who seeks to build and grow in business, and to lead through the example of success.


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