Leadership Essentials: Enterprise
Although ‘enterprise’ is sometimes used as another name for ‘business’, ‘enterprise’ is more commonly used to describe the actions of someone who shows initiative and takes risks by setting-up and running their own business or investing in someone else’s. Enterprising individuals are called ‘entrepreneurs’, and enterprising employees are called ‘intrapreneurs’. You can be enterprising in all kinds of organisation, private, public and voluntary, as well as in communities. For an organisation to be ‘enterprising’, it needs both entrepreneurship (individual enterprise) and innovation (organisational enterprise) to identify and exploit opportunities.
‘Leadership Essentials: Enterprise’ provides an overview of why enterprise is essential for leadership capability and includes ‘Top Tips’ on how being enterprising can help you become a better leader.
The Essentials leaflet is supported by three Spotlights that look at enterprise in more detail to help you improve your leadership skills:
- What is Enterprise?
- The Entrepreneurial Leader
- The Art of Intrapreneurship
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"Individuals can be enterprising in how they live their lives and those that are enterprising create and pursue more opportunities for themselves"
Lowe and Marriott (2016)
"At the age of 22, I started a company. I had no knowledge about anything – I just threw myself into the water and learned how to swim."
Diane von Furstenberg Fashion icon; quoted in Lumsdaine and Binks, 2006
"As a leader, nurturing intrapreneurship is a bottom-line necessity: it helps you remain competitive and can spark transformative breakthroughs as well."
Micah Solomon (2017)