Maija Renko is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Department of Managerial Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Understanding and Measuring Entrepreneurial Leadership Style
Version of Record online: 29 DEC 2013
© 2013 International Council for Small Business
Journal of Small Business Management
Volume 53, Issue 1, pages 54–74, January 2015
How to Cite
Renko, M., El Tarabishy, A., Carsrud, A. L. and Brännback, M. (2015), Understanding and Measuring Entrepreneurial Leadership Style. Journal of Small Business Management, 53: 54–74. doi: 10.1111/jsbm.12086
- Issue online: 9 DEC 2014
- Version of Record online: 29 DEC 2013
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.