Emotional Intelligence and Leadership in Taiwanese University Students

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Absael Antelo


Dorothy Ettling


Richard L. Henderson


Mary Esther Huerta


This study measures the possible relationship between Emotional Intelligence (El) and Leadership as traits of behavior in a sample population of Taiwanese university students. Emotional Intelligence involves the ability to understand and process information about emotions in the self and in others, as a basis for action. The construct postulates that the level of emotional intelligence can be correlated with other attributes, such as leadership ability and behavior. Previous research has not investigated the correlation between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership in the context of university students'behavior. This study intends to fill the gap in existing research. The study uses the Schutte Self Report Inventory (SSRI) as a measure of emotional intelligence, with the instrument being validated by previous research. In order to measure leadership skills, the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI) is used. SLPI had also been validated by previous research. The sample population consisted of students at a single university, namely: Taiwan’s National Yulin University of Science & Technology. The statistical methods used in this study were; descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficients, regression analysis, and ANCOVA. The research design examined a range o f correlation between the SSRI and the SLPI, as determined by Pearson's product moment correlation, regression analysis, and ANCOVA. These methods showed a strong relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership behaviors, but failed to show any significant connections between El, and demographic variables.

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