Political Skill as a Mediator between Trait Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Effectiveness: A Framework for the Nigerian Civil Service

MAYFEB Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 1, Pages 26-36, 2016

11 Pages Posted: 27 May 2017

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Bala Salisu

The Federal Polytechnic Damaturu

Siti Awang

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Date Written: October 28, 2016

Abstract

It is deemed a settled science that leader emotional intelligence is theoretically and empirically relevant to leadership effectiveness. However, how leaders’ emotions affect their functional effectiveness has not been adequately addressed. Drawing on the notion of organisations as political spaces, we posit that leaders’ political skill is an important mechanism that carries the effects of their (individual, hence trait) emotional intelligence onto their effectiveness as leaders. Since all political spaces are inherently local, we therefore build a framework by which the mediating influence of leaders’ political skill in the relationship between their trait emotional intelligence and functional effectiveness can be investigated within the uncertain context of public service reform in Nigeria.

Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Political Skill, Leadership Effectiveness, Reform, Nigeria

Suggested Citation

Salisu, Bala and Awang, Siti, Political Skill as a Mediator between Trait Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Effectiveness: A Framework for the Nigerian Civil Service (October 28, 2016). MAYFEB Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 1, Pages 26-36, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2974412

Bala Salisu (Contact Author)

The Federal Polytechnic Damaturu ( email )

Damaturu, Yobe State
Damaturu, Yobe State 620001
Nigeria

Siti Awang

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia ( email )

Faculty of Management
Department of Human Resources Management
Johor Bahru, Johor 81310
Malaysia

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