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Chapter 8 Entrepreneurial Leadership

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-75-3-2869

ISBN: 978-1-910158-75-3

Published: 31 January 2016

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Published in: Enterprise: Concepts and Issues

Parent DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-75-3-2848



The study of leadership has certainly come a long way since Thomas Carlyle wrote about heroes and hero worship in 1841 (Bryman, 2011). From the organizational perspective, the most significant role of a leader is to influence and provide direction to their followers and provide them with the much needed support for its success (Wood, 2009). Conversely, an ineffective leader does the adverse and can, in fact, detract from organizational goal accomplishment. Leadership has been defined from various viewpoints and each definition allows exploring the concept from a wider and diverse angle. Furthermore, over time, scholars have proposed many different styles of leadership, interestingly; yet, there is no particular style of leadership that can be considered universal. This chapter concentrates on leadership styles and theories and begins by defining leadership. It also incorporates entrepreneurial leadership (EL) as EL exists at the intersection of entrepreneurship and leadership; we take a look at the leading scholar Gupta’s definition of EL (Gupta et al. 2004).

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Mujtaba, U. (2016) "Chapter 8 Entrepreneurial Leadership" In: Arshed, N. & Danson, M. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-910158-75-3-2869


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