Emotional Intelligence Analysis

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In examining emotional intelligence one must understand what exactly it means. Emotional intelligence is the ability to express, control and recognize one’s own emotions while also being able to handle interpersonal relationships with empathy (Kotze & Venter). Emotional intelligence on the surface may seem like an inherent talent or trait but as Kotze and Venter explain in their study it can be a learned and measureable trait. Emotional intelligence looks at an individuals management skill set as a whole to assess capacity. Traits such as personality, mood, motivation, and other seemingly genetic qualities do contribute to emotional intelligence but the actual skill can be developed and learned despite what one is “given”. The article by…show more content…
Each leader ranked themselves and four of their subordinates ranked the leaders as well. Emotional intelligence was examined by the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i), a mechanism used to asses someone by five different categories; (a) the ability to be aware of and understand one’s emotions, feelings, and ideas, (b) an awareness and understanding of others’ emotions and feelings, (c) the ability to cope with stress, (d) the ability to be flexible and alter one’s feelings with changing situations, and (e) the ability to control emotions (Kotze & Venter). These five categories were then expanded under their umbrellas into 15 more sub categories to deliver more detail and measurement points for the study. The results were processed by a statistical model to show the correlation of all of these emotional intelligence markers versus leadership effectiveness or Leadership Behavior Inventory (LBI) (Kotze &…show more content…
In terms of the emotional intelligence skill of adaptability environmental organization, vision formulation and sharing, preparing the organization for implementing the vision, and implementing the vision showed to be the largest precursors of leadership effectiveness (Kotze & Venter). Other strong emotional intelligence indicators of leadership effectiveness were problem solving, stress tolerance, self-awareness, and empathy (Kotze & Venter). The relation of these qualities of a manager to the perception of leadership effectiveness creates an undeniable correlation between the two. The results of this study provide evidence that the definition of emotional intelligence is identical to employees and manager’s view of the
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