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ERIC Number: ED558431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 117
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-4337-0
Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Ethical Decision Making in Educational Leaders
Harati, Lina Wagih
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
Leadership is a multifaceted skill as it requires the alignment of body, spirit and mind (Brown & Moshavi, 2005). Furthermore, it is a combination of behavior, actions and interaction between leaders and followers. It is characterized by the leaders' decisions' ability to influence followers' performance and achievement through their relationship, understanding, induction, and managements of the followers' emotions. Due to the importance of ethical decision making on the different levels of leadership, this quantitative study attempted to determine if leaders', specifically chairpersons and deans, emotional intelligence skills were associated with their ethical decision making through descriptive and inferential analyses of quantifiable data. Moreover, this study indicated a correlation and attempted to determine a predictive model between emotional intelligence and ethical decision making via the data collected from the University Sains Malaysia Emotional Quotient Inventory (USMEQ-i) and the Defining Issues Test (DIT-2). This study explained some important impact of being an emotionally intelligent leader and its impact on ethical decision making, specifically the seventh dimension "emotional expression". It was also uncovered that emotional intelligence can be a predictor to ethical decision making scores for this sample of 73 participants. As stated by Clarke (2010), people with high emotional intelligent, are capable of dealing with problems in an easier way than those with low emotional intelligence scores, thus having a more positive effect on the organization they lead. Further and more extensive similar studies are encouraged to be conducted so this information can be more generalized. Leadership will remain an elusive aspect of human nature, and the nature/nurture debate as to whether leaders are born or made will therefore continue. [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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test