Emotional Intelligence and Elementary Principals’ Leadership


Spring 4-12-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Walter Enloe

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Robert Simmons

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Debra Castner


A study of elementary school principals in a suburban school district in Minnesota was conducted to determine how emotional intelligence is perceived by elementary principals and how it affects their leadership. This study addressed elementary principals’ perceptions of emotional intelligence and its influence on their leadership. The study collected data through face-to-face interviews and surveys. Analysis of the data indicated that emotional intelligence, referred to as E.I. had a strong influence on principals’ leadership regardless of age, gender and years of experience. This study makes recommendations to improve principals’ programs by using the emotional intelligence framework to train future principals. This study supports the research body that views emotional intelligence as a positive element and an important skill in principals’ leadership and performance. The study also supports other research that emphasizes the importance of emotional intelligence in order to create efficient leadership. Successful leadership requires a wide range of skills. The results of this research indicated that elementary principals consider emotional intelligence an important part of efficient leadership. Emotional intelligence is one skill that may be taught to assist principals regulate their emotions in order to meet the needs of their staff, community and students effective.



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