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Examining the relationship between leadership and emotional intelligence in senior level managers

Lisa Gardner (Organisational Psychology Research Unit, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Victoria, USA)
Con Stough (Organisational Psychology Research Unit, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Victoria, USA)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 1 March 2002

Abstract

Investigates whether emotional intelligence measured by the Swinburne University Emotional Intelligence Test predicted transformational, transactional and laissez‐faire leadership styles measured by the multifactor leadership questionnaire in 110 senior level managers. Effective leaders were identified as those who reported transformational rather than transactional behaviours. Emotional intelligence correlated highly with all components of transformational leadership, with the components of understanding of emotions (external) and emotional management the best predictors of this type of leadership style. The utility of emotional intelligence testing in leadership selection and development is discussed.

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Gardner, L. and Stough, C. (2002), "Examining the relationship between leadership and emotional intelligence in senior level managers", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 68-78. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437730210419198

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