Understanding and Measuring Entrepreneurial Leadership Style

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Maija Renko

University of Illinois at Chicago

Ayman El Tarabishy

George Washington University

Alan L. Carsrud

Florida International University (FIU)

Malin Brännback

Åbo Akademi University

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Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

Although 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 nonfounder leaders, which indicates construct validity.

Suggested Citation

Renko, Maija and Tarabishy, Ayman and Carsrud, Alan L. and Brännback, Malin, Understanding and Measuring Entrepreneurial Leadership Style (January 2015). Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 54-74, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2536669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jsbm.12086

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Ayman Tarabishy

George Washington University ( email )

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Alan L. Carsrud

Florida International University (FIU) ( email )

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Malin Brännback

Åbo Akademi University ( email )

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Abo, Turku FIN-20500
Finland

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