Profiling prospective leaders through emotional intelligence

by Barson, Donna, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2011, 90 pages; 3460505


Leaders are challenged with corporate expansions, mergers, rapidly advancing technology, and globalization demanding effective leadership which accordingly necessitates an emotionally intelligent leader. This study examined the emotional intelligence level and leaders of a United States (U.S.) intelligence agency. Correlations were explored between the participant's emotional intelligence scores and leadership job satisfaction, rank, education, and age. Emotional intelligence scores were derived from the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), which is an ability-based assessment (Mayer, Salovey & Caruso, 2002). The study explored the premise that establishing a relationship between emotional intelligence and effective leadership would contribute to developing a leadership profile and assist in the recommendation of emotional intelligence development.

Although the results of this study demonstrated minor correlations, it did not establish statistically significant support for the research questions. The conclusions and recommendations for future studies are discussed.

AdviserRobert Hockin
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Occupational psychology; Personality psychology
Publication Number3460505

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