The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the strength of the relationship between emotional intelligence and authentic leadership in Naval Special Warfare leadership. Participants (N = 168) consisted of a sample population of retired, separated, and active duty U.S. Navy SEALs. Participants self-administered the Mayer, Salovey, and Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) from Multi-Health Systems, Inc., and the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire by MindGarden, Inc. Using Likert-type scale questions, both surveys had been previously validated. Four research questions provided the basis of analysis: (a) What is the relationship between overall emotional intelligence and authentic leadership in Naval Special Warfare leadership? (b) Which dimensions of emotional intelligence are most predictive of authentic leadership in Naval Special Warfare leadership? (c) How does emotional intelligence vary by age of leadership among Naval Special Warfare leadership? (d) How does authentic leadership vary by age of leadership among Naval Special Warfare leadership? A correlation and regression analysis was performed for each question to determine the potential strength and direction of any potential relationship that might exist between the independent and dependent variables. A Pearson’s r, R2, and P-value were calculated for each potential relationship. Results indicated that there was no statistically significant relationship between overall emotional intelligence or any particular dimension of emotional intelligence with authentic leadership. Further analysis also indicated there was no statistically significant relationship between age and emotional intelligence or between age and authentic leadership. Recommendations are provided for further research into this area.
|Adviser||Michael T. Webb|
|Subjects||Social research; Management; Military studies|
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