ERIC Number: EJ1019549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
To What Extent is the Mayer and Salovey (1997) Model of Emotional Intelligence a Useful Predictor of Leadership Style and Perceived Leadership Outcomes in Australian Educational Institutions?
Grunes, Paul; Gudmundsson, Amanda; Irmer, Bernd
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v42 n1 p112-135 Jan 2014
Researchers have found that transformational leadership is related to positive outcomes in educational institutions. Hence, it is important to explore constructs that may predict leadership style in order to identify potential transformational leaders in assessment and selection procedures. Several studies in non-educational settings have found that emotional intelligence is a useful predictor of transformational leadership, but these studies have generally lacked methodological rigor and contextual relevance. This project, set in Australian educational institutions, employed a more rigorous methodology to answer the question: to what extent is the Mayer and Salovey (1997) model of emotional intelligence a useful predictor of leadership style and perceived leadership outcomes? The project was designed to move research in the field forward by using valid and reliable instruments, controlling for other predictors, obtaining an adequately sized sample of current leaders and collecting multiple ratings of their leadership behaviours. The study ("N" = 144 leaders and 432 raters) results indicated that emotional intelligence was not a useful predictor of leadership style and perceived leadership outcomes. In contrast, several of the other predictors in the study were found to predict leadership style.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Styles, Transformational Leadership, Predictor Variables, Models, Leaders, Validity, Gender Differences, Principals, Department Heads, Coordinators, Administrators, Schools, Universities, Instructional Leadership, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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