The Importance of Social Intelligence for Entrepreneurial Leaders PART II

Social Intelligence

The concept of social intelligence is often related with the concept of emotional intelligence. Most of the researchers have argued that emotional intelligence derives from social intelligence (e.g. Cross & Travaglione, 2003; Salovey & Mayer, 1990), while Goleman (1998) has taken the opposite view. The author defines emotional intelligence as a construct consisting of five skills, namely self-awareness,self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

The first three components are self-management skills, while the latter two are about managing relationships. Over the years, Boyatzis and Goleman (2006) have separated both self-management  skills and the managing relationship skills into emotional intelligence and social intelligence.According to Goleman and Boyatzis (2008), social intelligence is a relation-based construct that can be defined “as a set of interpersonal competencies built on specific neural circuits  that inspire others to be effective” (p.3).

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Behaviors

In start-ups, there is still alot in progress and everything is very agile. A start-up would not survive without an entrepreneurial mindset or an entrepreneurial leadership style respectively. Old Stone Age methods with strong authority and control would be incompatible

Entrepreneurial leadership in new ventures and established firms

Who argue that leading in anentrepreneurial way gains attraction to both for-profit, including new venturesas well as established firms, and non-profit organizations. However, start-upsor franchising companies seem to survive only if led in an entrepreneurial way.

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