Entrepreneurs have replaced general managers as the stars of the business world. But spotting a truly entrepreneurial leader is not always a simple matter, writes Timothy Butler for Harvard Business Review.
Post-World War II, Robert McNamara and his nine fellow Ford Motor Company “whizz kids” elevated the status of management science and made the general manager the star of the business world. In the past three decades entrepreneurial leaders such as Apple’s Steve Jobs and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have become heroes to the leaders of the future.
“Entrepreneurialism is highly valued in today’s labour market,” writes Butler. But when all candidates are trying to sell themselves as entrepreneurs, how do you avoid falling back on stereotypes and spot the real deal?