This descriptive quantitative correlational study investigated the link between a leader’s emotional intelligence to employee motivation. The test was conducted at a federal government agency located in the northeast bound of the United States of America. Participants consisted of 350 full time employees from various areas of the organization. The leader’s emotional intelligence was tested with Emotional Social Competence Inventory (ESCI) survey tool, whereas employees’ motivation was verified with the Four Drive (4-D) model. SPSS was used to analyze the relationships between the variables. The study depicted a link between a leader’s emotions and employee interest to excel. The indication of interest showed a high score in emotional aptitude. Employees likely to stay with the organization displayed strong organizational awareness with high sense of belonging (Ruiz-Palomino & Martinez, 2011). The different groups observed, revealed results with both positive and negative significant correlations (p < .05). The final outcome depicted that a leader’s emotional intelligence influenced employees’ motivation to high performance. Some of the results were generalization because the sample size was large.
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