Title

An exploratory study of entrepreneurial leadership: The perceived characteristics of entrepreneurial leaders

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

ANZAM

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business/Centre for Innovative Practice

RAS ID

18138

Comments

This article was originally published as: He, L. , Standen, P. P., & Coetzer, A. J. (2014). An exploratory study of entrepreneurial leadership: The perceived characteristics of entrepreneurial leaders. Proceedings of Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. (pp. 1-25). Sydney. ANZAM. Original article available here

Abstract

The concept of entrepreneurial leadership has begun to attract interest from leadership scholars although it remains a neglected area in entrepreneurship research. This exploratory study attempts to bridge these two fields by proposing a model of the common characteristics of leaders and entrepreneurs. Semi-structured interviews, supplemented by a questionnaire survey, were conducted with a purposive sample of 20 orporate managers and business owners. The findings suggest that entrepreneurial leaders have personal characteristics distinct from those of non-leader entrepreneurs. In particular, entrepreneurial leaders are perceived as visionary entrepreneurs who also have the motivation and ethics of a leader. The study concludes that leadership plays a critical role in venture growth and long-term entrepreneurial success, and requires greater research attention.

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