entrepreneurial danielle macinnes IuLgi9PWETU unsplashSelf-governance and freedom are crucial for local teams to operate effectively. ENTREPRENEURIAL FREEDOM engenders effective leadership. This is especially true for successful startups that thrive in a culture of risk-taking, entrepreneurship, experimentation, and innovation. Freedom means independence from overarching structures in terms of decision-making and agenda-setting. This includes teams’ freedom to structure on their own accord and around the more entrepreneurial aspects of leadership.

Example

Mike Duke, former CEO of Walmart, was noted for this, even within a large corporation like Walmart.

“Mike Duke empowers people. He gives them authority to make decisions and one-on-one time to share their ideas.”[v] And, “A lot of autonomy is provided to various associates and they are encouraged to speak their mind.”

How can I grow as an entrepreneurial, polycentric leader?

Freedom

Key to leading in this transnational and multi-ethnic business environment is fostering a free, entrepreneurial spirit.[vii] Do you foster this creative spirit in your life and leadership? 

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