Developing Entrepreneurial Leaders: Examining Theory of Mind, Time Management Skills, and Planning Skills as Predictors of Transformational Leadership
Entrepreneurial leaders are often very transformative in the lives of their followers. This research examines three possible predictors of entrepreneurial leadership development: planning skills, time management skills, and Theory of Mind (ToM: the ability to assess mental conditions through facial expressions). A paucity of research exists linking leadership and Theory of Mind (ToM ). A sample of 455 participants showed a predictive relationship between ToM and Transformational Leadership (ai = .881, t = 13.12, p < .001). Measuring interpersonal-mentalizing skills allows an assessment to be made of a person’s ability to ‘read the minds’ of others. This includes the perception skills that allow leaders to attend to often overlooked staff behavior. Time management skills (ai = 1.74, t = 2.12, p = .035) were also found to be a significant predictor. Planning skills (ai = .70, t = .85, p = .40) were not a significant predictor.
Presented by: Philip (Tony) Pizelo, Northwest University