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Is there a relationship between Emotional Intelligence and individual values? An exploratory study

Higgs, Malcolm and Lichtenstien, S. (2011) Is there a relationship between Emotional Intelligence and individual values? An exploratory study Journal of General Management, 37, (1), pp. 65-79.

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The importance of individual values in determining individual behaviour is well established. However, much of the research in this field has been critiqued for failing to focus on values priorities or personal values systems. This, it has been argued, accounts for the contradictory and inconclusive findings that arise in the research. More recently, assertions have been made that there are links between an individual's personality and their values. However, empirical studies to support this assertion have failed to provide conclusive evidence. In the literature relating to individual differences there has been an emergence of interest in the concept of emotional intelligence (EI). Whilst this has been a contentious construct, evidence has been provided both of its validity and difference from personality. Given the emotional roots of EI it has been suggested that it may be rooted in individual values systems and priorities. Against this background, this paper reports a study designed to explore the relationships between EI and values systems using the Maslovian three factor categorisation of values priorities. The study involved 75 managers. Analyses did indeed show relationships that appeared to make sense. The paper reports these analyses and identifies limitations, implications for managers and areas for future research to take this line of inquiry forward

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Published date: 2011
Organisations: HRM and Organisational Behaviour


Local EPrints ID: 207357
ISSN: 0306-3070
PURE UUID: 99b1cd64-2bdb-469c-8c61-e9f623d8d08e

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Date deposited: 12 Jan 2012 11:09
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:50

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