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Emotional intelligence and its relationship to workplace performance outcomes of leadership effectiveness

by David Rosete , Joseph Ciarrochi
Leadership & Organization Development Journal ()


Abstract Purpose – This study seeks to investigate the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI), personality, cognitive intelligence and leadership effectiveness. Design/methodology/approach – Senior executives (n=41) completed an ability measure of EI (MSCEIT), a measure of personality (16PF5) and a measure of cognitive ability (the Wechsler abbreviated scale of intelligence (WASI)). Leadership effectiveness was assessed using an objective measure of performance and a 360° assessment involving each leader’s subordinates and direct manager (n=149). Findings – Correlational and regression analyses revealed that higher EI was associated with higher leadership effectiveness, and that EI explained variance not explained by either personality or IQ. Originality/value – This paper establishes a link between EI and workplace measures of leadership effectiveness.

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