The Entrepreneurial Ideas of Booker T. Washington

Michael B. Boston

in The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034737
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038193 | DOI:
The Entrepreneurial Ideas of Booker T. Washington

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This chapter aims to explain the core aspect of Washington's leadership strategy—his entrepreneurial philosophy. He had developed his strategy by 1891 and he emphasized duties rather than rights. The chapter highlights that Washington's entrepreneurial philosophy has not before been analyzed deeply from a business perspective and aims to present concretely Booker T. Washington's entrepreneurial ideas by reconstructing their components from many of his speeches and writings and then explicating them. Washington's entrepreneurial philosophy never had the individual at its central idea, rather, the group was primary. Ideologies like the Protestant work ethic and social Darwinism greatly influenced him and promoted individual successes, but once individuals became successful, he urged them to reach back and help others, as he believed group progression was more meaningful for the advancement of his race and, ultimately, their happiness.

Keywords: leadership strategy; duties and rights; entrepreneurial philosophy; work ethic; individual successes

Chapter.  7846 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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