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Supervisory Emotional Intelligence and Subordinate Absenteeism, is there a relationship?

Kerr, Robert, Heaton, Norma and Boyle, Emily (2006) Supervisory Emotional Intelligence and Subordinate Absenteeism, is there a relationship? In: The British Academy of Management Conference, Belfast. British Academy of Management. 102 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is viewed within leadership literature as a key determinant of effective leadership. Yet there is a dearth of ability-tested supporting research. Using the MSCEIT instrument this large-scale study (39 supervisors, 801 employees) examines the relationship between the EI of supervisors and a key determinant of team performance, subordinate absence. Subordinate absence rates were calculated over a one year period. Data analysis suggests that some aspects of the MSCEIT are strong predictors of subordinate absence, particularly the branches within the Experiential EI domain (r = -0.45, p < 0.01), while other aspects (e.g. Managing Emotions branch) are not. These findings have significant implications in that; (1) they endorse the validity of incorporating EI interventions alongside the recruitment and selection process and the training and development process of managerial personnel, and (2) they question the conceptual validity of a key branch (Managing Emotions) of the instrument.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:29373
Deposited By: Dr Robert Kerr
Deposited On:28 Apr 2014 14:49
Last Modified:28 Apr 2014 14:49

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