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Trait emotional intelligence and leadership in a European multinational company

Siegling, A.B., Nielsen, Charlotte and Petrides, K.V. (2014) Trait emotional intelligence and leadership in a European multinational company. Personality and Individual Differences, 65. pp. 65-68. ISSN 0191-8869

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.01.049


This study examined whether trait emotional intelligence (trait EI or emotional self-efficacy) can differentiate between leaders and non-leaders (N = 96) employed by a major multinational company in Europe. Available intelligence test scores along with age, gender, and tenure were used as control variables. Trait EI, cognitive ability, and gender were significant predictors in a logistic-regression model. Further, both leaders and non-leaders scored significantly higher on trait EI compared to the standardization sample of the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (Petrides, 2009), though the effect size for the former (Cohen’s d = 2.80) was considerably larger than for the latter (Cohen’s d = 1.23). The results support the notion that leadership and management positions require high trait EI.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 11:59
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:49

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