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Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson

Traditional leadership models have failed to address the world's complex challenges. To solve them, we need a new model: entrepreneurial leadership.

Entrepreneurship education started at Babson more than 100 years ago, and we’ve been perfecting it ever since. Our faculty, who have a mix of research expertise and practical experience, are the leading minds on entrepreneurial leadership and prepare entrepreneurial leaders at every level—undergraduate, graduate, executive, and even other educators—to create economic and social value everywhere. 

Entrepreneurial Leadership at All Levels

From students to executives, our diverse programs can help you acquire the essential entrepreneurial leadership skills needed to shape the future.

Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Leadership

Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Leadership

Entrepreneurial leadership is integrated into the undergraduate curriculum from day one. The Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) course, taken by every first-year Babson student, is a yearlong course exploring entrepreneurial leadership from a startup perspective. Students develop, launch, and manage a new business venture, seeing firsthand the interdependencies of all business functions.

Executive Entrepreneurial Leadership

Executive Entrepreneurial Leadership

Babson Executive Education offers a range of programs designed to equip teams with the tools and mindset needed to take the smartest actions, even with incomplete information.

Executive Education
Babson Academy

Babson Academy

The Babson Academy has worked with more than 8,700 educators, administrators, and students from institutions in more than 80 countries via online and in-person programs.

Babson Academy

A Skill Set and a Mindset

Entrepreneurial leadership is both a skill set and a mindset—both of which can be taught. Entrepreneurial leaders stand out because they put people first and manage in a relational way. They inspire an entrepreneurial approach, which has the potential to create strong risk managers, exceptional uncertainty navigators, and highly skilled ambiguity explorers. These three traits work together, enabling entrepreneurial leaders to take action, solve problems, and create value while others are still analyzing the situation.

This goes far beyond business, allowing entrepreneurial leaders to impact organizations, the economy, and society as a whole.

Scott Taylor

Entrepreneurial leadership is the ability to help people in an influential way to have an increased capacity to recognize and exploit entrepreneurial opportunity.”

Scott Taylor
Arthur M. Blank Endowed Chair for Values-Based Leadership at Babson

How Entrepreneurial Leaders Are Trained: ET&A

No one is born with an entrepreneurial gene. The skills necessary to become an entrepreneurial leader—risk management, continuous learning, deep collaboration—aren’t reserved for a certain class, race, or gender. It doesn’t require dropping out of school to launch the next unicorn. Anyone can practice and develop entrepreneurial competencies and skills.

Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® (ET&A™) is a proven methodology for developing the skill set and mindset needed to not just launch a new business but also make change in an established company, lead a team, or create social impact. It allows leaders to effectively navigate uncertainty by continuously taking action in order to move forward.

You can apply it to innovating within a family business, creating a charity, or solving global social issues. ET&A allows for the establishment of sustainable organizations that can have a positive impact on the economy, as well as the environment and society.

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Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership is a first-of-its-kind hub that connects and extends the Babson College community to learners across the lifespan. The Blank School is an action lab that convenes and amplifies thought leaders around the globe.

Dive Deeper into Entrepreneurial Leadership

What Is Entrepreneurial Leadership?

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Mindset

Entrepreneurial leadership is a mindset that sees opportunities where others see problems. We know this mindset is a muscle you can strengthen with the right practice. See what entrepreneurial leadership means to our president, faculty, and alumni.

Why EL Matters

Why Entrepreneurial Leadership Matters

Research by Babson’s Arthur M. Blank School, led by Professor Scott Taylor, has created the first academic model to explain entrepreneurial leadership.

How to Be an Entrepreneurial Leader

How to Be an Entrepreneurial Leader

Management Professor Nan Langowitz describes eight qualities of effective entrepreneurial leaders, and offers advice on how your leadership instincts can become more entrepreneurial.

Where Are the Entrepreneurial Leaders?

Where Are the Entrepreneurial Leaders?

Significant world changes have impacted today's business climate. Professor Jay Rao says this world requires entrepreneurial leaders, a new type of manager skilled at navigating the unknown.

Learn More About Babson

Your next step is to get to know us even more. We are ready to answer all your questions about Babson.