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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
Print version ISSN 0258-5200

SA j. ind. Psychol. vol.34 n.1 Johannesburg  2008




Thinking style preference, emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness



Tessie H HerbstI; Kobus G MareeII

ICentre for Continuing Professional Development, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
IIFaculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa





In this study, the researchers investigate the relationship between thinking style preference, emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness in an institution of higher education. The measuring instruments used were the Neethling Brain Preference Profile (NBPP) and the Mayer, Salovey and Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), as well as the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The sample comprised 138 managers within a higher education institution. The researchers found some evidence to support the relationship between thinking style, emotional intelligence (EI) and leadership effectiveness. The researchers concluded that facets of brain dominance and emotional intelligence may be potentially useful predictors of transformational leadership behaviours.

Keywords: thinking style, emotional intelligence, transformational leadership, brain dominance, brain hemisphericity



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