Posts Tagged servant leadership

Creating a Setting Right for Innovation

Scholars widely acknowledge entrepreneurs as the engine driving innovation and creativity. In this article I want to examine what facets contribute to a successful setting for driving innovation and creativity.

A vision has to propel the entrepreneur to pursue a cause or solve a problem. The vision often comes from a gap between what consumers want and what is currently available. The entrepreneur must persevere to fill the gap. Overcoming setbacks, frustration, and ambiguity is a critical part of the entrepreneur’s mindset (Quinn, 1985).

An entrepreneur has a long-term mindset to overcome obstacles and keep costs low. This mindset takes risks and obsesses to achieve the end goal. The innovator has to have autonomy to let imagination take over and find workable solutions. Experimenting with new ideas allows the entrepreneur to see what works and what does not (Quinn, 1985).

Breaking accepted rules, challenging authority, confronting risks, and causing conflict are part of the behavior of innovators (Baucus, Norton, Baucus, & Human, 2008). These ingredients are all part of the entrepreneur’s toolbox. A founder values people who can thrive in chaotic environment (Quinn, 1985).

A setting conducive to these attributes avoids excessive rationalism, bureaucracy, and intolerance. Employee incentives should avoid control motivations. A flat organizational structure helps avoid control motivations (Quinn, 1985).

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Baucus, M. S., Norton, W. I., Jr., Baucus, D. A., & Human, S. E. (2008). Fostering creativity and innovation without encouraging unethical behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 81(1), 97-115.

Quinn, J. B. (1985). Managing innovation: Controlled chaos. Harvard Business Review, 63(3), 73-84. Retrieved from


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Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills

In today’s global setting, an entrepreneur needs certain leadership skills. Good leadership skills for an entrepreneur include the ability to communicate, show self-confidence, solve problems, give and receive feedback, and negotiate. A good entrepreneurial leader compassionately listens to problems posed by his or her team. The entrepreneur uses both logic and compassion to solve problems (Abbasi, Siddiqi, & Azim, 2011).

Todorovic and Schlosser (2007) suggested the entrepreneurial leadership orientation is effective when the entrepreneur exhibits charismatic organizational characteristics coupled with good citizenship. Leader-follower relations under such conditions promotes agility, freedom, risk-taking, and innovation. Top-down autocratic leadership styles hinder performance. A good entrepreneurial leader has more characteristics attributable to a (bottoms up) servant-leadership style (Joseph & Winston, 2005).

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Abbasi, M. H., Siddiqi, A., & Azim, R. u. A. (2011). Role of effective communications for enhancing leadership and entrepreneurial skills in entrepreneurial skills in university students. International Journal of Business & Social Science, 2(10), 242-250. Retrieved from

Joseph, E. E., & Winston, B. E. (2005). A correlation of servant leadership, leader trust, and organizational trust. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 26(1), 6-22. doi: 10.110/01437730510575552

Todorovic, Z. W., & Schlosser, F. K. (2007). An entrepreneur and a leader!: A framework conceptualizing the influence of leadership style on a firm’s entrepreneurial orientation-performance relationship. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 20(3), 289-308. doi:

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The Name of the Game: Learning and Leading Change

Entrepreneurs must lead change because the work setting changes rapidly where failure is the ordinary course of business. An entrepreneur that cannot lead change likely will end up a casualty and see his or her business fail. Entrepreneurs learn from their experience and failures. A person wishing to create must deal with frequent failure and adjust to the changing environment (Pitts, 2008). Passion to solve problems drives the entrepreneur and inspires others to work toward solutions. Entrepreneurs learn from small failures and succeed by leading change to enable the firm to adapt to what it learns.

An entrepreneur must enjoy learning to succeed because learning is what helps find the solutions to problems. The entrepreneur must transform his or her vision through leading the necessary changes to find the right solutions. Enthusiasm for working toward this goal is imperative and helps lead others working in the organization.

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Pitts, G. (2008). Life as an entrepreneur: Leadership and learning. Development and Learning in Organizations, 22(30), 16-17. doi: 10.1108/14777280810861776

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