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Entrepreneurial Leadership

The dynamic nature of the business environment and the challenges faced by managers and entrepreneurs has led practitioners and academics to embrace entrepreneurial leadership.


Entrepreneurial leadership is inspired by but is separate from entrepreneurship and leadership.  In today’s vastly complex and evolving world, a different kind of leadership is required that can combat change and identify opportunities.  Entrepreneurial leadership can be applied within different types of organisations whether business or non-profit organisations.  Entrepreneurial problem solvers are needed, and this could be people starting their business, change agents in firms or employees and executives within organisations.


Target audience

The course is designed for business owners, managers, executives and employees within organisations.  It will provide the important skill set required for entrepreneurial leaders to succeed. It challenges conventional wisdom by applying the entrepreneurial mind-set within the domain of leadership.  It encourages such a mind-set and behaviour which is important in the creation of social, environmental and economic value within organisations.

The participants will benefit from:

  • Action based learning which allows for the application of the newly acquired skills and enables participants to engage with each other
  • Excellent learning platform for aspiring and existing leaders and managers
  • Solving problems and providing creative solutions to critical situations 



By the end of the course, participants should be equipped to:

  • Lead in uncertain and dynamic environments
  • Develop the entrepreneurial leadership skills required for success
  • Combat challenges within organisations as a result of the scale of change
  • Critically reflect on the leadership development needs and identify the potential areas for development.



This is an online, self-paced course.  The course will be supported by live online sessions that delegates are invited to join.  These will also be recorded for later review.

As well as working through the online content on our virtual learning environment, you are expected to attend three live sessions hosted by Dr Christian Harrison.  The live sessions will allow you to interact with the other delegates and discuss key concepts and assessment methods.  

Dates for the live sessions for the Entrepreneurial Leadership course are as follows:

  • Wednesday 25th January 2023: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 8th February 2023: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 22nd February 2023: 10am-12pm

The sessions will last approximately 1.5 hours and will take place on Microsoft Teams. 

Final assessments for this course are expected to be submitted around Friday 21st April 2023.  Exact dates will be confirmed once the course begins.

This course is equivalent to 10 credits at SCQF Level 11. 


Course presenter

Dr Christian Harrison is a Reader in Leadership in the School of Business and Creative Industries in the University of the West of Scotland.  He is the author of several publications on leadership which is his major interest.  Furthermore, he is an active member of several learned organisations. He is the Chair of the Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management.  He is also an active member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED), Higher Education Academy (HEA), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and serves on several review panels and committees.  He is also a Certified Management and Business Educator of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CMBE) and serves as the Director of Studies for several doctoral students.

Christian works extensively as a consultant, speaker and trainer on leadership skills development within organisations.  He is the founder of the NGO; The Leadership Mould Initiative International. The NGO supports students and moulds future leaders.  He is the author of the book entitled ‘Leadership Theory and Research: A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms’, which is published by the globally renowned publishing company; Palgrave MacMillan.  The book was written to enable students (undergraduate and postgraduate), scholars, practitioners, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to learn more about the concept of leadership.  It provides a critical insight into leadership research. Emerging paradigms and theories of new approaches to leadership are identified and addressed.



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates through the Upskilling Fund.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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