Situated masculinities and leadership in an all-male entrepreneurial team

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This interpretive ethnographic research explores the relationship between leadership and masculinities in an entrepreneurial team context. The team is situated in a higher education (HE) environment in the northeast of England, where its members develop startups while studying for a degree in entrepreneurial business management. The chapter contributes to entrepreneurship and leadership literature with a conceptual basis for understanding the links between gender and leadership in an entrepreneurial team in a way that transcends binaries, by focusing on masculinities as plural and nuanced, and on leadership as shared and mutual. The 13 young male entrepreneurs’ performances of gender and leadership are captured through nine audio-recorded observations. The thematic analysis of the data using a Global Leadership and Organizational Behaviour Effectiveness (GLOBE) framework reveals that young male entrepreneurs lead and relate to each other in assertive, supportive, and participative ways with assertive leadership behaviors linked to hegemonic masculinities and the latter two ways to inclusive masculinities. Those gender and leadership constructions are embodied, nuanced, plural, and shared in the situated entrepreneurial community. We recommend that new educational programs, developing leadership and/or entrepreneurship, need to be sensitive to local contexts, and should take account of plurality and nuances of doing gender and leadership in particular localities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurial Place Leadership
Subtitle of host publicationNegotiating the Entrepreneurial Landscape
EditorsRobert Newbery, Yevhen Barachenko, Collin Bell
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781800710283
ISBN (Print)9781800710290
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameContemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research
ISSN (Print)2040-7246


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