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Exploring Narrative to Understand Independence Within United Methodist Clergy Leaders
by Kimmons, Matthew, D.E.Lead., University of Charleston - Beckley, 2020, 222; 28314146
Abstract (Summary)

Although emotional intelligence research continues to increase across various industries and business contexts, relatively little research on emotional intelligence has occurred within the faith-based non-profit sector. The lack of research is noticeable as it relates to clergy leaders and especially denominational clergy such as United Methodist Elders. Eighty-four of the available181 Full Elders in the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church have taken the EQ-i 2.0, which represents 46% of the active Full Elders in the Conference as of 2018.Sixteen Full Elders scored one or more standard deviations below the normative range in their independence factor, which is 19% of the active Full Elders who have been assessed. This qualitative narrative inquiry study seeks to provide a more robust understanding of this dynamic through the storied experiences of those United Methodist Full Elders. A sample of Full Elders, which included five with low independence scores and five high independence scores, were interviewed in this study to determine the personal and professional effects of the emotional intelligence sub-scale of independence on clergy leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Douglas
Commitee: Wylie, Ruth, Thompson, Henry, Byrum, Nicole
School: University of Charleston - Beckley
Department: Buisness and Leadership
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Personality psychology, Religion, Organizational behavior, Pastoral Counseling
Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Independence, Narrative inquiry, United Methodist church
Publication Number: 28314146
ISBN: 9798569959228
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