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ERIC Number: ED534001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 125
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-8085-0
The Relationship among Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Practices and Leadership Act in First-Year College Students
Stratton, Jill A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Union Institute and University
Leadership scholarship has paid increased attention to the connection between personal characteristics, such as emotional intelligence, and leadership. The purpose of this study was to investigate if a relationship exists between emotional intelligence and leadership in first-year college students at a private university in the Midwest. Using The Schutte Self Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SSEIT; Schutte et al., 1998), the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI; Kouzes and Posner, 2008), and a weekly questionnaire administered over the course of 15 weeks, this study examined whether EI predicts leadership and how first-semester GPA, SAT, and gender are related to leadership practices and acts. While there has been some research on the intersection of emotional intelligence and leadership, there is a gap in the research specifically as it pertains to first-year college students. Furthermore, the research conducted on college students has focused largely on students who identify as formal leaders or enroll in leadership programs. By implication, this has omitted first-semester, first-year students, the sample of this study. Because of the limited research on emotional intelligence and leadership in college students combined with little or no research that examines everyday leadership practices and acts in first-semester students, this study attempted to fill that gap. This study reveals that emotional intelligence predicts leadership practices and leadership acts in first-year college students, which reinforces the research on the importance of self-awareness and emotional perception to leadership development (Goleman, Boytatzkis, and McKee, 2002). Because this study revealed an empirical relationship between EI and leadership, it is has significant implications for leadership development in colleges and universities. Moreover, because this study focused on every day, informal loaders and most of the previous research concentrated on college students in formal leadership roles or programs, this research adds a unique dimension to leadership studies. Gaining a deeper understanding of the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership will assist college officials to create curricula and programs that develop higher emotional intelligence among their students, which enriches their leadership abilities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Leadership Practices Inventory