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
Date Written: October 28, 2016
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
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