This study examined the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and leader-member exchange (LMX) and the effects that possession of EI competencies have on the LMX subdimensions of trust, respect, and obligation. While both EI and LMX have been correlated in the literature with varying aspects of effective leadership, human resource management, and decision making within the organization and management field of study, only a limited amount of research exists regarding the relationship between the two constructs. Among the limited studies of the EI-LMX relationship, there are no known studies to date that examine LMX at the subdimension level and EI at the competency level. The Emotional and Social Competence Inventory and LMX-7 comprised the survey for this study. Spearman rho correlation analysis based on data from 622 participants showed statistically significant relationships among EI and LMX, the four EI clusters, and the 12 EI competencies when measured against the three LMX subdimensions. This study adds to the body of knowledge in the field of organization and management not only in providing evidence of a relationship between EI and LMX at the EI competency and LMX subdimension levels but also in providing evidence to support the notion that both EI and LMX impact effective leadership and hence should be considered as vital constructs to human resource management and human resource development programs.
|Adviser||John E. Herr|
|Subjects||Management; Organizational behavior|
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