Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Developing EI: Leadership Journeys in Emotional Intelligence
by Bric, Erin, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2020, 94; 28086970
Abstract (Summary)

Emotional intelligence (EI) has been deemed a critical competency for leaders in today’s world. However, there is little information to help OD practitioners, leaders, and organizations understand how leaders can develop these valuable skills in ways that meaningfully and positively impact their teams and organizations. This study examined the journeys of senior leaders as they developed their emotional intelligence. The study addressed two research questions: how leaders perceive they have developed their emotional intelligence throughout their lifetimes and how leaders are continuing to develop their emotional intelligence in their lives and careers. Key themes emerged out of leader interviews and were coded, analyzed, and summarized. Key findings were discussed. Recommendations for leaders include engaging in and reflecting on challenging life and work experiences and participating in EI training, while recommendations for OD practitioners include providing stretch opportunities and thoughtfully constructing leadership development programs to prompt self-awareness, practical application, and reflection.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rhodes, Kent
Commitee: Good, Darren
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Management, Occupational psychology, Educational leadership
Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Leadership, Lived experiences, Role modeling, Training
Publication Number: 28086970
ISBN: 9798662582033
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