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The effect of an entrepreneurial leadership style on employees' sustainable behaviour

Hellwig, Laura Lisa (2014) The effect of an entrepreneurial leadership style on employees' sustainable behaviour.

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Abstract:Sustainability is an emerging area of investigation within the entrepreneurial leadership literature. Therefore, it is critical to understand more about how an entrepreneurial leadership style can influence the sustainable behaviour of employees. With the use of current literature and interviews with managers in Germany and the Netherlands, this study developed a model about the effect of entrepreneurial leadership on sustainable employee behaviour. The model explains how entrepreneurial leaders can influence employees’ sustainable behaviour in several ways. Stimulation of sustainable behaviour can be done by correcting unsustainable behaviour, showing role model behaviour, giving autonomy, support, responsibility and ownership to employees as well as raising awareness and learning from competitors. Employees react in different ways to the stimulation of sustainable behaviour by the application of an entrepreneurial leadership style. Employees react with motivation, commitment, creativity and learning but also giving signals of being overtaxed. The study has shown a dependency on the contingency factors company perspective, as well as attitude and personality of employees and entrepreneurial leaders. Both, the entrepreneurial leadership style applied to stimulate sustainable behaviour and employees being confronted with this leadership style are influenced by these contingency factors. This research adds to existing literature by setting directions for leaders on how to use an entrepreneurial leadership style to stimulate employees’ sustainable behaviour. In addition, there are not many models about the stimulation of employee’s sustainable behaviour yet, so this model could be used as a basis for further research on this topic.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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