The Emotional Intelligence of Transformational Leaders: A Field Study of Elected Officials

John E. Barbuto, Mark E. Burbach

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Abstract

Participants were 80 elected public officials in the United States and 3-6 direct-report staffers for each leader. Together they composed 388 leader-member dyads. The authors surveyed them to explore the relationship between emotional intelligence and transformational leadership. The authors considered the 80 officials as leaders and the staffers as members. The present results showed that the emotional intelligence of the leaders shared significant variance with self-perceptions and rater-perceptions of transformational leadership. The present results also somewhat support the predictive value of emotional intelligence in antecedent leadership field research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Volume146
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Antecedents
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Transformational leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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