Understanding and Measuring Entrepreneurial Leadership Style
Journal of Small Business Management, Forthcoming
47 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2012
Date Written: August 31, 2012
While entrepreneurial leadership is embraced in the popular press and in classrooms, academic knowledge remains underdeveloped. We develop the construct of entrepreneurial leadership and argue that it involves influencing and directing the performance of group members toward achieving those organizational goals that involve recognizing and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities. We discuss environmental, organizational, and follower-specific contingencies that may influence the success of entrepreneurial leadership, and we test the reliability and validity of an empirical measure for this construct (the ENTRELEAD scale). Using this novel measurement tool we find that entrepreneurial leadership is more prevalent among founder-leaders than non-founder leaders, which indicates construct validity.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, leadership, entrepreneurial leadership
JEL Classification: M13
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