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The Business Strategy of Booker T. WashingtonIts Development and Implementation$
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Michael B. Boston

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034737

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034737.001.0001

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The Entrepreneurial Ideas of Booker T. Washington

The Entrepreneurial Ideas of Booker T. Washington

(p.57) 3 The Entrepreneurial Ideas of Booker T. Washington
The Business Strategy of Booker T. Washington

Michael B. Boston

University Press of Florida

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

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