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Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Practices and Enterprise Longevity: An Integrative Literature Review

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Abstract: Women entrepreneurs are emerging as important players in the national economy, yet gender bias and stereotypes that still exist in organizations prevent firms from taking advantage of their leadership potential. At the same time, traditional leadership models are lacking in diversity, and unanswered questions remain regarding the role of gender in entrepreneurial leadership and enterprise sustainability. This integrative literature review comprised part of a broader qualitative study offering insight into the leadership practices of women entrepreneurial leaders and the implications of these practices for enterprise longevity 5 years after start-up. This overview of the extant research offers a targeted knowledge base that can be used to support further research and help advance the potential of women leaders. Addressing inequities in professional settings and formal work structures, along with promoting more diversity in the workplace, promises socioeconomic benefits for individual workers, small businesses and large organizations.

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