A new Doctoral Research Study in New Zealand is seeking to identify successful entrepreneurial leadership patterns using the COVID-19 crisis as a testing ground.

While the economic fallout of the global COVID-19 crisis may be far from over, business owners and entrepreneurial leaders in New Zealand and South Africa who have achieved business continuity through the crisis, are being asked to help in a new study on entrepreneurial leadership.

Entrepreneur, author, mentor and doctoral research student Sandy Geyer is undertaking the study of professional practice with Capable NZ, at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand.

The study seeks to discover any links between currently successful entrepreneurial leadership competencies and any leadership skills learnt as students at school.

Findings from the study will be used to prepare future business leaders, earlier, to succeed in their entrepreneurial leadership roles.

While Geyer acknowledges that many business owners are feeling fatigued and possibly quite fragile, she says her invitation for business owners to participate in the study will provide a depth of data that will help our future generations of business leaders in New Zealand cope better with the challenges that might lie ahead for them.

Her message to business owners who have successfully managed to keep their businesses alive during the crisis so far is simple, “What you know is invaluable so please share it.”

Geyer notes that participation is anonymous and participants can also request a copy of the research results which could be helpful for their own business leadership journeys.

Who can take part?

  • Business owners and entrepreneurs from New Zealand and South Africa who have achieved business continuity throughout the COVID-19 crisis so far.
  • Businesses of all sizes and from all industries are invited.

Why take the survey?

  • Your insights will be helpful for our future business leaders.
  • You can request a copy of the research results if you participate.
  • The online survey takes 10 minutes to complete on average – get a cup of tea and a biscuit before you start and you should finish all around the same time.
  • If you offer your email to receive a copy of the research results it will only be used for that purpose.

Go to https://tinyurl.com/OPEntrep for more information and to complete the survey.

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