Cybersecurity is a critical issue for organization and executive leadership faces challenges that their predecessors escaped. If executive leadership and boards of directors are charged with setting policy and regulations regarding the company’s cybersecurity efforts, a greater understanding of the field and the threats needs to be communicated before leadership can be expected to make critical decisions in the face of cyberattacks. This study addresses what type of leadership should be applied in the various cybersecurity preparation and response stages in order to educate cybersecurity leaders in developing a prescriptive approach to addressing future cyberattacks. A novel cybersecurity leadership framework is proposed, which recommends leadership styles against the functional areas of the cybersecurity preparation and response stages.