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The importance of grit and its influence on female entrepreneurs





Objective: This study aims to provide a deeper understanding of the connection between grit and its impact on female entrepreneurs.

Research Design & Methods: A qualitative research study was conducted among female entrepreneurs from different industries and life stages. The theoretical framework by Bandura of self-efficacy was used to guide and inform the study.

Findings: The key finding among all of the participants was the importance of grit, which according to them, made the ultimate difference in their success. Grit is an important construct that we should scrutinize, because it was demonstrated to have profound effects on the respondents. The narrative surrounding female entrepreneurs is often presented in regards to the challenges they face. However, it is necessary to comprehend the element regarding how women continue to be resilient in the face of adversity across every step of the entrepreneurial life-cycle from experiencing gender bias, juggling their personal lives, and professional responsibilities. There is evidence that proves the impact of grit on personal and professional endeavors, most notably entrepreneurs.

Implications & Recommendations: Further research is recommended given the importance of the study and the impact female entrepreneurs have on the global economy.

Contribution & Value Added: This study aimed to further validate the importance of this research and analyze whether when you possess grit you are able to demonstrate passion and perseverance towards your long-term goals and follow through despite adversity and setbacks. Demonstration of a North American lens and the feedback from women from different industries and life stages positively demonstrated the impact that grit had on their entrepreneurial endeavors and entrepreneurial success.






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Author Biography

Carmine Gibaldi

Dr. Gibaldi is a Professor of Management & Organizational Psychology. He also has an ongoing consulting practice that addresses issues related to organizational change, leadership, training & development, and executive coaching. Dr. Gibaldi is an expert in areas related to better understanding people in the workplace, managing people at work, higher education, & understanding the adult learner. He has delivered over 40 papers at international conferences addressing issues related to Management & Organizational Behavior, and Higher Education & College Teaching. His most recent papers address Applying Neuroscience to Management, & Using Transformational Learning with Adult Learners. His present research includes “Fear in The Workplace”; “Examining Cultural Implications for Organizational Behavior”; and “Leadership in the 21st Century”. His most recent publication is an article entitled “The Changing Trends of Retirement:Baby Boomers Leading the Charge”. Dr. Gibaldi has received received awards for service, and teaching excellence. He presently serves as the board Chair for the Sansone Foundation a NYC not-for-profit foundation providing social service referral services, supporting education to the less advantaged, and working to foster and build tolerance in NYC.


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