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The mediating role of emotional intelligence on the impact of perfectionism on problem-solving skills: an application for tourist guides

Ezgi Kırıcı Tekeli (Tourism Guidance, Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University, Karaman, Turkey)
Aziz Gökhan Özkoç (Tourism Management, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli, Nevşehir, Turkey)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

ISSN: 2514-9792

Article publication date: 29 April 2021

Issue publication date: 28 June 2022




It is understood that the personality traits and intelligence levels of the tourist guides directly or indirectly affect their ability to solve the problems they encounter on tours. This study aims to test whether emotional intelligence has an intermediary effect on the problem-solving skills of professional tourist guides with perfectionist personality traits.


Field research was conducted within the study to analyze suggestions on the interaction of variables on an empirical basis, and data were collected using interview, document review and survey technique. Thus, the mixed-methods approach was used in the study. Within the scope of this study in which 410 professional tourist guides were surveyed, a substantial part of the research data was obtained through the application of the survey technique. Besides, interviews were carried out with 12 professional tourist guides. The clues obtained by the qualitative study were transformed into hypotheses within the scope of the quantitative study, and the intermediary effect was tested.


A relationship between the main themes, sub-themes and codes was determined within the framework of the qualitative method. As a result of the mediation test, it has been revealed that emotional intelligence has an intermediary role in the relationship between perfectionism and problem-solving skills. According to the results of bootstrapping, the indirect effect of emotional intelligence on perfectionism and problem-solving skills was found out to be significant.

Practical implications

The study acknowledged that positive perfectionism, high emotional intelligence and problem-solving skills contributed to the professional tourist guides being willing to provide better service. In tune with the assumption that the more the quality of the tours carried out through agencies increases, the more satisfied tourists are; the study implicated that it would be advisable for agencies to prioritize the trainings provided for their tour guides to enhance their positive perfectionist, emotionally intelligent personalities and problem-solving skills. Given that professional tourist guides may create a positive country image with the quality service they provide, the significance of such trainings stretch beyond the benefits of such organizations.


Relevant variables were analyzed with a mixed method and applied on professional tourist guides.



***This article is developed from the first author's doctoral dissertation.


Kırıcı Tekeli, E. and Özkoç, A.G. (2022), "The mediating role of emotional intelligence on the impact of perfectionism on problem-solving skills: an application for tourist guides", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 588-611.



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