Testing the links between emotional intelligence and motivation

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Title Testing the links between emotional intelligence and motivation
Author Christie, Anne; Jordan, Peter Jeffrey; Troth, Ashlea Clare; Lawrence, Sandra Anne
Journal Name Journal of Management & Organization
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Maleny, QLD, Australia
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Abstract The emotional intelligence construct is still the focus of substantial controversy. In this paper we contribute to the current debate regarding the factors that comprise the emotional intelligence construct. While some authors argue that emotional intelligence consists of a number of social and emotional competencies including self-motivation (Goleman 1995, 1998), others maintain emotional intelligence abilities are restricted to abilities that directly link emotions to cognition (Mayer & Salovey 1997). This latter view does not include motivation as a factor, but acknowledges it as a separate, related function. We conducted an empirical study to test these two different conceptualisations. One hundred and thirteen individuals completed measures of emotional intelligence and McClelland's (1987) three motivational needs. Structural equation analyses clearly supported Mayer and Salovey's (1997) conceptualisation that motivation is a factor related to emotional intelligence but is not a component part of the emotional intelligence construct. Implications are discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 13
Issue Number 3
Page from 212
Page to 226
ISSN 1833-3672
Date Accessioned 2008-02-29
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial and Organisational Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17507
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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