Emotional intelligence and servant leadership : a meta-analytic review

Miao, Chao and Humphrey, Ronald and Qian, Shanshan (2021) Emotional intelligence and servant leadership : a meta-analytic review. Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility, 30 (2). pp. 231-243.

[thumbnail of Emotional_intelligence_and_servant_leadership_for_PURE]
Text (Emotional_intelligence_and_servant_leadership_for_PURE)
Emotional_intelligence_and_servant_leadership_for_PURE.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial.

Download (564kB)


Servant leadership is an effective leadership style that focuses on ethics and morality. Emotional intelligence (EI) is also associated with effective leadership and ethical behavior; thus, there has been a surge in studies that assessed the link between EI and servant leadership. Nevertheless, the empirical landscape of this relationship is mixed and fragmented. We undertook a meta-analysis to clarify this literature and found that (1) emotional intelligence (EI) has a significant positive relationship with servant leadership (ρ̅̂ = .57); (2) the relationship between EI and servant leadership is stronger in studies having a lower percentage of well-educated subjects, in low power distance cultures, and in high institutional collectivism cultures; and (3) We were unable to find sufficient evidence to support moderating effects of the relationship between EI and servant leadership for gender (male-dominated and female-dominated studies), age (between young and old subjects), for self-report versus follower-report of servant leadership, and across different scales of servant leadership.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility
Additional Information:
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Emotional intelligence and servant leadership: A meta‐analytic review. doi: 10.1111/beer.12332 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/beer.12332/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords:
?? medicine(all) ??
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
19 Feb 2021 17:00
Last Modified:
17 Feb 2024 01:04