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Emotional intelligence and leadership: insights for leading by feeling in the future of work

Surajit Saha (IBS Hyderabad, Hyderbad, India)
Roshni Das (University of Missouri–Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
Weng Marc Lim (Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia) (Swinburne University of Technology–Sarawak Campus, Kuching, Malaysia) (Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)
Satish Kumar (Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India)
Ashish Malik (University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia)
Bharat Chillakuri (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade–Kolkata Campus, Kolkata, India)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 3 January 2023

Issue publication date: 31 May 2023




Emotional intelligence (EI) is a critical component of leadership that reflects the ability of leaders to understand how their emotions and actions affect the people around them in the organization. This paper aims to deliver state-of-the-art insights on EI and leadership.


This paper leverages on bibliometric analysis to unpack 25 years of EI and leadership research.


This paper reveals the bibliometric profile (e.g. trends in publication activity and top articles, authors, countries and journals) and intellectual structure (e.g. themes and topics) of EI and leadership research, shedding light on EI manifestation in leadership, EI and leadership congruence, EI role in leadership and EI and leadership for human resource management.

Research limitations/implications

This paper offers several noteworthy implications. First, EI is a leadership competency that can be cultivated and leveraged to improve leadership effectiveness. Second, the need for EI and leadership congruence indicates that leadership effectiveness is vital to human resource management (HRM). Taken collectively, these theoretical implications, and by extension, practical implications, suggest that increased investment in EI and leadership effectiveness is critical for organizations and their HRM.


This paper sheds light on current trends and ways forward for leading by feeling, showcasing the role and manifestation of EI in leadership, its value for HRM and the importance of its congruence for effective leadership in shaping the future of work.



The authors wish to pay tribute to Bharat Chillakuri, a dedicated co-author and a thought leader on Generation Z research. Bharat passed away peacefully in mid-thirties in March 2022.


Saha, S., Das, R., Lim, W.M., Kumar, S., Malik, A. and Chillakuri, B. (2023), "Emotional intelligence and leadership: insights for leading by feeling in the future of work", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 671-701.



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