Leadership is an important aspect of individual and organizational success. In short, leadership matters, however, the organizational environment encountered by leaders is undergoing dynamic changes. New leaders will require skills that allow them to deal with the issues of increased diversity, heterogeneous work teams, high levels of ambiguity, and the need for more personalized approaches. The skills that modern leaders require may be exactly those related to emotional intelligence (EI). The purpose of this quantitative non-experimental, research study was to examine the relationship between the EI and leadership practices in a sample of 302 organizational leaders. The independent variable is EI while the dependent variable is leadership practices as defined by Kouzes and Posner. Pearson correlation analysis and multiple regression analysis are conducted to address the research questions and hypotheses. This study provides support for the existence of a relationship between a leader’s ability to understand and manage emotions and the leader’s ability to engage in effective leadership practices. This relationship exists after controlling for the effect of the leader’s age, gender, personality, and years of leadership experience.
|Subjects||Management; Organizational behavior|
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