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Examining the Leadership Molecule: An Empirical Study of Key Leadership Roles in Rapidly Growing Entrepreneurial Businesses

IRE Vol 11, Issue 2: 2013, Pages 31-54

Author(s): Eric Flamholtz (Anderson School of Management, UCLA, USA) and Rangapriya Kannan-Narasimhan (School of Business Administration, University of San Diego, USA)

Abstract:
Previous theory and research has focused upon opportunity seeking behavior as the essence of entrepreneurial leadership, and neglected the role of advantage-seeking behavior by leaders. However opportunity seeking behaviors alone are insufficient to enable businesses reach the next stages of growth. A previous paper has suggested five specific roles that enable leaders to maximize both opportunity seeking as well as advantage seeking behaviors. These five roles are executed by a team rather than a single individual comprising what has been termed a “Leadership Molecule”. In this study, we empirically test the Leadership Molecule hypothesis by developing and validating a scale for measuring the Leadership Molecule. We use data from 213 participants from 26 rapidly growing entrepreneurial small businesses based in China*. Factor analyses results confirm the existence of a Leadership Molecule. The scale had a high internal reliability (Cronbach’s α= .91) and showed good convergent, discriminant and criterion related validity

Keywords: Leadership Molecule, Leadership Molecule Scale, Organizational effectiveness, Growing pains, Reliability, Validity

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