On SAGE Insight: Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership Among Academic Leaders in Institutions of Higher Learning

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The success of any organization, largely, depends on human capabilities and competencies to identify the right objectives and choose the best possible alternative to attain the same. In organizations, the main role of leaders is dynamic and inspirational where they inspire followers and stimulate their intellectual skills, enhance their capabilities and competencies enabling them to take right decisions and decide about appropriate ways and means to accomplish desired performance. Academic leaders have a very important role to play in higher educational institutions, and for the development of academic leaders attention has to be paid to their emotional intelligence to ensure transformational leadership and effective decision-making in their institution. There are few issues which are faced by all the academic leaders due to multiple roles, attitude, behaviour and emotions related to job/role. This is because with the passage of time, the roles of academic leaders have also changed. In this study, the focus is on transformational leadership style of academic leaders as it is more prevalent in the higher education sector.  Descriptive statistics was employed to know the descriptive information across various demographic variables on a total sample of 205.

The role of leadership in universities is largely determined by the institutional culture. Universities that adopt a greater number of prescribed practices are likely to empower teamwork, enhance employee satisfaction and enjoy superior performance. This study was an attempt to investigate the relationship between managing relations, self-motivation, commitment and altruism, self- awareness, empathy, emotional stability and value orientation and integrity components of emotional intelligence and transformational leadership in institutions of higher learning in India giving emphasis on the academic leader–faculty member subordinate interaction on team basis. In particular, this study investigates faculty members perception regarding their academic leaders’ emotional intelligence as well as transformational leadership. The study contributed to our understanding of the linkage among emotional intelligence and transformational leadership. Overall, the results provided support for the model, which suggests that academic leaders emotional intelligence (EI) competencies such as managing relations, self-motivation, commitment and altruism, self-awareness, empathy, emotional stability and ‘value orientation and integrity’ are positively associated with transformational leadership thereby increasing team effectiveness among faculty members.  The findings of the study may serve as a reference for service practitioners in designing strategies that will ensure superior performance of academic leaders in higher educational institutions.

Abstract

Academic leaders have a very important role to play in higher educational institutions, and for the development of academic leaders attention has to be paid to their emotional intelligence to ensure transformational leadership and effective decision-making in their institution. There are few issues which are faced by all the academic leaders due to multiple roles, attitude, behaviour and emotions related to job/role. This is because with the passage of time, the roles of academic leaders have also changed. In the present study, the focus is on transformational leadership style of academic leaders as it is more prevalent in the higher education sector. In light of the findings of the empirical studies conducted on the subject. The study is conducted in higher education sector with the objectives to examine the state of emotional intelligence and transformational leadership among academic leaders, to examine association between emotional intelligence and transformational leadership among the academic leaders under study, to study the association of various demographic factors of faculty members on their perception regarding emotional intelligence and transformational leadership. The present study is exploratory cum descriptive in nature. The data were collected from full-time faculty members working in selected universities of north India and their perception regarding emotional intelligence and transformational leadership of their academic leaders was measured. It was found that there is a significant and direct association between emotional intelligence of leaders and transformational leadership style as perceived by the faculty members. The demographic variables (gender and age) were found to significantly influence the variables under study as perceived by the faculty members about their academic leaders (HODs). Besides having theoretical implications that open pathways for conducting further research, the findings of the study may serve as a reference for service practitioners in designing strategies that will ensure superior performance of academic leaders in higher educational institutions.

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Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership Among Academic Leaders in Institutions of Higher Learning
Mubashir Majid Baba, Ursil Majid Makhdoomi, Mushtaq Ahmad Siddiqi
First Published March 4, 2019 Research Article
DOI: 10.1177/0972150918822421
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