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Building a model of group emotional intelligence

Umar Ghuman (Department of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 18 October 2011




This paper aims to review and re‐conceptualize group emotional intelligence (GEI). It seeks to analyze past understandings of GEI to arrive at the conclusion that the concept may be multifaceted. GEI has been a challenge to distinguish theoretically due to inadequate theoretical understanding and improper empirical analysis.


This paper provides a model of GEI and proposes a means of empirical evaluation of the concept. The objectives are achieved by a critical appraisal of the literature to demonstrate theoretical issues that demonstrate the multifaceted nature of the concept. Additionally, past methods of empirical evaluation of group emotional intelligence (GEI) are critically appraised and alternate means are proposed.


The complexity of the construct requires a more sophisticated evaluation of group emotional intelligence. The paper provides a theoretical model that may demonstrate how GEI is developed in the group. Proposed methodological means of analysis may provide researchers with tools to empirically evaluate the concept.

Research limitations/implications

The paper represents an initial query into the multi‐faceted nature of the construct of group emotional intelligence. It proposes a means of analysis of the construct but further research is needed to develop the model from an empirical standpoint and conduct research on the validity of the model.

Practical implications

The practical implications of the model suggest that organizations that wish to develop emotional intelligence in their groups utilize both aspects of the model, norms building and an outward contextual approach. The development of both aspects of the model strengthens group behavior but also avoids group think.


The value of this paper lies in its ability to provide a multi‐faceted model and definition of group emotional intelligence. Earlier perspectives of the concept either focused on an internal approach, or a contextual approach. By bringing both aspects together in a model and theorizing the benefits of utilizing both aspects of group emotional intelligence in organizational groups, the paper provides managers and group leaders with a new approach on developing the emotional intelligence in their groups.



Ghuman, U. (2011), "Building a model of group emotional intelligence", Team Performance Management, Vol. 17 No. 7/8, pp. 418-439.



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