Does Leadership Still Not Need Emotional Intelligence? : Continuing “The Great EI Debate”

Dasborough, Marie and Ashkanasy, Neal and Humphrey, Ronald and Harms, Peter and Crede, Marcus and Wood, Dustin (2022) Does Leadership Still Not Need Emotional Intelligence? : Continuing “The Great EI Debate”. The Leadership Quarterly, 33 (6): 101539. ISSN 1048-9843

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The study of emotional intelligence (EI) in the field of leadership, and in the organizational sciences in general, has often been characterized by controversy and criticism. But the study of EI has nonetheless persisted by developing new measures and models to address these concerns. In a prior letter exchange by Antonakis, Ashkanasy, and Dasborough (2009), two author teams debated the role of EI in the leadership literature, but also set an agenda for research and reconciliation for the future. The present exchange revisits these arguments using evidence accumulated over the past decade. Specifically, the authors debate not only the evidence for the predictive power of EI for workplace outcomes, but also the validity of EI as a construct, the measurement of EI, and the appropriateness of analytical tests for establishing the value of EI. Although the author teams agree on the value of the study of emotions and the need for rigorous research in this area, they nonetheless propose alternative agendas and priorities for the future. Further, they conclude that the issues identified in this exchange are not unique to the study of EI; but should also serve to inform the study of other personality factors and leadership more broadly.

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The Leadership Quarterly
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Leadership Quarterly. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Leadership Quarterly, 33, 6, 2022 DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2021.101539
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?? emotional intelligencedebateleadershipmeta-analysisorganizational behavior and human resource managementbusiness and international managementapplied psychologysociology and political science ??
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