This paper sets forth the rationale, supporting literature, and methodologies utilized in a dissertation project designed to examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and an individual's perception of team cohesiveness. The preliminary analysis of the data revealed a statistically significant positive correlation between an individual's level of emotional intelligence and his or her corresponding perception of team cohesiveness.
The research suggests that an individual's emotional intelligence level is a factor with regard to how an individual perceives the team they interact with. Human resource departments and mangers need to be aware of the implications of hiring or placing individuals with low levels of emotional intelligence on teams. This is especially true if the individuals will work in highly collaborative team environments, such as software development projects. Education focusing on team work, and team cohesiveness education programs, should also consider the implications of the research and consider the value of adding emotional intelligence training to their current employee training.
It is hoped that the results from this study will not only add to the knowledge base of existing information, but may also provide greater insight for the development of evolving organizational policies that include EI selection criteria into its recruitment policies when looking for prospective employees for highly collaborative projects.
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