Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online)

Relationship between Attributes of Leadership Effectiveness and Emotional Intelligence within Saudi Arabian Educational System
Jawaher Bakheet Almudarra

Abstract
Effective leadership encompasses the ability to influence people such that they are able to realise the set objectives. It is the ability to synergize people’s abilities, knowledge, skills, talents and experiences towards the attainment of common goals as well as influencing people’s feelings, thoughts, perspectives and behaviour and redirecting them towards the realisation of goals. A majority of studies which have explored the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership outcomes have supported the proposition that effective leadership depends on understanding the abilities and emotions associated with emotional intelligence. This study seeks to investigate the relationship between specific aspects of emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness. It particularly focuses on investigating the relationship between leadership effectiveness and specific aspects of emotional intelligence used by the Director of Supervisors in two Offices of Education in Saudi Arabia. The study utilised Goleman’s 1995 model of intelligence to investigate whether the Directors exhibit different aspects of emotional intelligence in their leadership by collecting data from a conveniently selected sample of 22 participants based in two Offices of Directors of Educational Supervision in Asir region, Saudi Arabia. In this study, the questionnaires administered and interviews conducted aims to establish whether the Directors demonstrated the aattributes that characterize leadership effectiveness within the educational context as it relates to emotional intelligence.

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