Emotional intelligence and effective leadership

Author(s)

Palmer, Benjamin R.; Walls, Melissa; Burgess, Zena; Stough, Con

Abstract

Emotional intelligence has become increasingly popular as a measure for identifying potentially effective leaders, and as a tool for developing effective leadership skills. Despite this popularity, however, there is little empirical research that substantiates the efficacy of emotional intelligence in these areas. The aim of the present paper was to explore the relationship between emotional intelligence and effective leadershipp Emotional intelligence was assessed by a modified version of the Trait Meta Mood Scale in 43 participants employed in management roles. Effective leaders were identified as those who displayed a transformational rather than transactional leadership style as measured by the multifactor leadership questionnaire. Emotional intelligence correlated with several components of transformational leadership suggesting that it may be an important component of effective leadershipp In particular emotional intelligence may account for how effective leaders monitor and respond to subordinates and make them feel at work.

Publication year

2001

Publication type

Journal article

Source

Leadership and organisation development journal, Vol. 22, no. 1 (Feb 2001), pp. 5-10

ISSN

0143-7739

Publisher

Emerald

Copyright

Copyright © 2001.

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