A gender perspective on entrepreneurial leadership: female leaders in Kazakhstan

Nada K. Kakabadse, Ahu Tatli, Katerina Nicolopoulou, Alina Tankibayeva, Nikolai Mouraviev

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The paper proposes a conceptual model to understand female entrepreneurial leadership through an exploration of the perceptions and experiences of women entrepreneurs within their leadership roles. The paper addresses an existing knowledge gap on entrepreneurial leadership by bringing together three key constructs of gender, leadership and entrepreneurship. We apply Stewart’s (1982) model of role demands-constraints-choices (DCC) to women entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan in order to understand their perceptions of the demands, constraints and choices they experience within their leadership roles. The results of in-depth interviews with women entrepreneurs present deeper conceptualisation of their leadership enactment as a co-developing, co-constructed relational activity between leaders and others in their wider business environments and context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-170
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Management Review
Issue number2
Early online date18 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2018


  • entrepreneurial leadership
  • Kazakhstan
  • gender
  • women entrepreneurs


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