Correlational study between emotional intelligence scores and specific personality traits of professionals working in the nonprofit sector in the Northwest
Emotional intelligence (EQ) has received much attention as a factor that is potentially useful in understanding and predicting individual performance at work. EQ is defined as the subset of social intelligence involving the ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one's thinking and actions (Cobb & Mayer, 2000; Goleman, 1995; Thi Lam & Kirby, 2002; Tucker, Sojka, Barone, & McCarthy, 2000). The two nemeses for EQ are general cognitive intelligence (IQ) and personality theory. Abundant research exists regarding the impact IQ has on personal success. Most research concurs; approximately 20% of personal academic and occupational status is merited to IQ (Mayer & Salovey, 1995). Through research, it has been determined that EQ stands alone as an intelligence and that personality is separate from the intelligences. Mayor and Salovey (1995) posit that while, emotional intelligence, personality traits and general cognitive intelligence vary from one another, a line can be drawn between all three constructs. While social scientists and organizational psychologists have validated EQ, additional theories state emotional intelligence is no more than a glorified definition of personality. The purpose of the study was to determine the extent correlations exist, if any, between specific personality traits and emotional intelligence scores as defined by BarOn EQ-i and personality traits as defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Specifically, self awareness and social interaction emotional intelligence scores will be correlated with the personality traits associated with how an individual is energized (extraversion and introversion) and how an individual makes decisions (thinking and feeling).
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Emotional intelligence; Personality; Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership
Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Huntington, Suzan L., "Correlational study between emotional intelligence scores and specific personality traits of professionals working in the nonprofit sector in the Northwest" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 72.