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1. Are emotionally intelligent leaders better?

Written by Rachel Green. Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute. Author of "How to develop emotional resilience and manage your emotions".

Does emotional intelligence make any difference to a leader and their leadership qualities?

 The Australian research on emotional intelligence and leadership shows that emotional intelligence is an important contributor to a leader's success.

Much research has been done on this so I will simply choose three examples to indicate the kind of findings that have arisen. 

Research on EI and leadership by David Rosete 

David Rosete's PhD thesis in 2007 was "Does emotional intelligence play an important role in leadership effectiveness?" He is from the Department of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Here are some of his findings on emotional intelligence and leadership:

  • Higher emotional intelligence was associated with higher leadership effectiveness.
  • Executives who achieved superior business outcomes scored higher on the emotional intelligence ability test.
  • The ability measure of emotional intelligence (the MSCEIT™) predicted effective leadership over and above well-established workplace measures such as reasoning ability and personality.
  • An analysis of the individual ability emotional intelligence subscales revealed that the most important subscale was "Perceiving Emotions". A leader who is skilled in perceiving emotion is described as someone who knows what people feel, reads people accurately, is good at recognising their own feelings and can express their feelings appropriately. These skills may be important because they allow a leader to accurately capture important social data around them. In particular, it offers the ability to 'read between the lines' when dealing with people.

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Research on EI and leadership by Ben Palmer, et al.

Article: "Measuring emotional intelligence in the workplace with SUEIT". Proceedings of the first international conference on contemporary management: Emotional Intelligence in organisations. September 2003. University of Adelaide. By: Palmer, B. Gardner, L. and Stough, C. 

These researchers developed the Genos emotional intelligence model and assessments, (formerly SUEIT). This is one of many articles. It examines the relationship between scores on the SUEIT and Bass/Alvio's leadership styles.

Here is the key finding on emotional intelligence and leadership:

The most important predictor of transformational leadership was understanding emotions, accounting for 41% of the variance.

Research on EI and leadership by Genos International.

In November 2010 a global research study on emotional intelligence and employee engagement was commenced by Genos International. Their hypothesis is that "Leaders who demonstrate high levels of emotional intelligence in the workplace drive higher levels of employee engagement in the organisation as evidenced by the individual engagement levels of their direct reports".

The research is ongoing but they have already published one set of results, (Matthew Galik, A compelling business case for emotional intelligence, October 2011).

Here is the key finding on emotional intelligence and leadership:

"A sample of 440 direct reports, assessing the emotional intelligence of 223 senior leaders in one organisation found a positive correlation between the demonstrated emotional intelligence of those leaders and the employee engagement of their direct reports."

"Leaders who were assessed at the 75th percentile or higher (on the EI measures) by their direct reports are almost uniformly "engaged". More importantly none of these individuals reported themselves as "not engaged" or "actively disengaged".

Summary on emotional intelligence and leadership

Matthew Galik, from Genos International, in 2011, sums it up by saying,

"Leaders with higher levels of emotional intelligence are better at creating the conditions where

  • motivation,
  • inspiration, and
  • innovation can flourish."

In another description in the Genos Emotionally Intelligent Leader Profile, Palmer at al say:

"Emotionally intelligent leadership has been shown to contribute to many organisational success factors. Global research studies continue to conclude that leaders who demonstrate high levels of emotional intelligence are better equipped to collaborate with, inspire and motivate their teams".

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