Emotional Intelligence: Sine Qua Non of Leadership or Folderol?

Walter, Frank; Cole, Michael S.; Humphrey, Ronald H.
February 2011
Academy of Management Perspectives;Feb2011, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
Emotional intelligence (EI) is a divisive topic for many individuals interested in the subject of leadership. Whereas practitioner-oriented publications have claimed that EI is the sine qua non of leadership, academics continue to discuss EI's relevance for understanding leadership emergence, behavior, and effectiveness. Here we critically review recent empirical evidence to constructively frame what has become a contentious debate about the relevance of EI. We also identify unresolved issues and highlight future research directions that may promote our understanding of EI's role for leadership. We close with a practical discussion of possible applications of EI in leadership education, training, and development.


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