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Emotional intelligence and management development implications Insights from the Lebanese context

Emotional intelligence and management development implications Insights from the Lebanese context Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present an exploratory study of EI in the Lebanese context, investigating empirically variations in EI competency scores (self‐awareness, self‐regulation, self‐motivation, social awareness and social skills) in a sample of 225 Lebanese employees/managers. The study provides preliminary feedback on the possibility of detection of systematic variations in EI levels across demographic variables in the workplace and highlights relevant implications accordingly. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire‐based measure was developed to capture the basic competencies on a self‐report basis. Findings – The findings suggest differences in EI scores across different EI competencies for males and females, with males scoring higher on self‐regulation and self‐motivation, and females scoring higher on self‐awareness, empathy and social skills, and that EI levels increase significantly with managerial position. Originality/value – The value added of this research is to revisit the salience of EI in the workplace and to highlight relevant implications. The research supports the business case for integrating EI valuation into traditional organizational functions (e.g. selection, promotion, and training). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Development Emerald Publishing

Emotional intelligence and management development implications Insights from the Lebanese context

Journal of Management Development , Volume 27 (3): 13 – Mar 21, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0262-1711
DOI
10.1108/02621710810858641
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present an exploratory study of EI in the Lebanese context, investigating empirically variations in EI competency scores (self‐awareness, self‐regulation, self‐motivation, social awareness and social skills) in a sample of 225 Lebanese employees/managers. The study provides preliminary feedback on the possibility of detection of systematic variations in EI levels across demographic variables in the workplace and highlights relevant implications accordingly. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire‐based measure was developed to capture the basic competencies on a self‐report basis. Findings – The findings suggest differences in EI scores across different EI competencies for males and females, with males scoring higher on self‐regulation and self‐motivation, and females scoring higher on self‐awareness, empathy and social skills, and that EI levels increase significantly with managerial position. Originality/value – The value added of this research is to revisit the salience of EI in the workplace and to highlight relevant implications. The research supports the business case for integrating EI valuation into traditional organizational functions (e.g. selection, promotion, and training).

Journal

Journal of Management DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 21, 2008

Keywords: Emotional intelligence; Lebanon

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