Diana Fannon


Current research suggests that emotional intelligence continues to grow in importance and is a critical component of effective leadership. Although not usually listed as a specific job requirement, high emotional intelligence allows one to make more informed decisions and to solve problems more easily. A gap persists in research on emotional intelligence and leadership in the K–12 setting and determining whether educational leaders possess the skills to lead effectively, or if they need additional support in developing additional facility in emotional intelligence to support students. This quantitative correlational study examined the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership style of educational leaders by surveying leaders in the K–12 setting. Results suggested that individuals with high levels of emotional intelligence are most likely to use a transformational-leadership style and least likely to use a laissez faire leadership style. No gender-based differences emerged for leadership style or overall level of emotional intelligence. This information will assist educational organizations and school districts in a variety of ways most importantly in equipping current leaders with tools to make their practice more effective. School districts may also use these findings to implement relevant professional development that targets improving overall emotional intelligence and leadership practice to benefit all employees, and specifically, to prepare future leaders.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational leadership; Emotional intelligence; Educational leadership; Leadership -- Study and teaching

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Stephens, Ronald;