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The Importance of Social Intelligence for Entrepreneurial Leaders

Marecki, Jennifer (2014) The Importance of Social Intelligence for Entrepreneurial Leaders.

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Abstract:Nowadays, both leaders and employees are required to think and act entrepreneurially. An entrepreneurial leadership style is supposed to encourage entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors in employees. However, yet little research has been conducted on how entrepreneurial leaders encourage employees to behave entrepreneurially and what factors influence this relationship. The most important factor might be the leader with his abilities, attitudes and behaviors himself. An important ability to bond with employees, which is crucial to encourage and motivate them, is social intelligence. Yet, research has overlooked the importance of social intelligence for entrepreneurial leaders. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore the importance of social intelligence for entrepreneurial leaders with particular regard to the encouragement of entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors in employees. A qualitative study in form of standardized, open-ended in-depth interviews with 25 managers was conducted to find out to how leaders encourage employees to behave entrepreneurially and how important social intelligence is for leading employees in an entrepreneurial way. As a result, a causal-network model was developed illustrating that an entrepreneurial leadership style might encourage entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors in employees, however, either through the mediating role of motivation which is influenced by social intelligence or the single moderating role of social intelligence.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65265
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