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The emotional and social intelligences of effective leadership: An emotional and social skill approach

Ronald E. Riggio (Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California, USA)
Rebecca J. Reichard (Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California, USA)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Publication date: 15 February 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a framework for conceptualizing the role of emotional and social skills in effective leadership and management and provides preliminary suggestions for research and for the development of leader emotional and social skills.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper generalizes a dyadic communications framework in order to describe the process of emotional and social exchanges between leaders and their followers.

Findings

The paper shows how emotional skills and complementary social skills are essential for effective leadership through a literature review and discussion of ongoing research and a research agenda.

Practical implications

Suggestions for the measurement and development of emotional and social skills for leaders and managers are offered.

Originality/value

The work provides a framework for emotional and social skills in order to illustrate their role in leadership and their relationship to emotional and social intelligences. It outlines a research agenda and advances thinking of the role of developable emotional and social skills for managers.

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Citation

Riggio, R.E. and Reichard, R.J. (2008), "The emotional and social intelligences of effective leadership: An emotional and social skill approach", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 169-185. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940810850808

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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