In developing a framework for understanding the social enterprise, this paper takes as its point of departure Sykes’ egg to butterfly (EtB) theory of leadership, which identifies three categories of actors: envisioners (inventive, innovative, and characterised by creative imagination); enablers (good organisers and ideas processors, an interpreter of vision); and enactors (take tasks to implementation, focused on progress). The paper explicates these roles and suggests that effective social enterprise development requires a balance of all three.