This article focuses on the role of emotions within organizations, with particular regard to the climate for services. The concept of emotional intelligence (EQ) is considered as encapsulating many of the key competences involved in creating and maintaining a positive climate for services. The conceptual basis of EQ is examined in some detail, in addition to its practical measurement. Research is reviewed which suggests that EQ can be developed, and which provides support for the argument that higher levels of EQ within organizations will facilitate the appropriate conditions for a positive climate for services to emerge. It is argued that measurement of EQ should form part of the selection process, for management and customer‐facing staff, and that development of emotional intelligence should be incorporated into staff training programs.
Managing Service Quality – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 1, 2003
Keywords: Service quality; Intelligence; Labour