Entrepreneurial leadership is crucial for economic growth in all countries, yet little is known about the leadership style of entrepreneurs in transition economies such as the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China). There has been a need for research into cross-cultural similarities in entrepreneurial characteristics that would support an argument for convergence across cultures. This article investigates entrepreneurial leadership styles based on interviews with 130 exemplary Russian entrepreneurs over a recent five-year period. The results showed that a large majority of these entrepreneurs had adopted an open leadership style similar to U.S. entrepreneurs, adding support to a convergence theory of entrepreneurial leadership style.
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