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Rhetoric or remedy? A critique on developing emotional intelligence

Lindebaum, Dirk 2009. Rhetoric or remedy? A critique on developing emotional intelligence. Academy of Management Learning & Education 8 (2) , pp. 225-237. 10.5465/AMLE.2009.41788844

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I examine the feasibility of developing emotional intelligence (EI) from the vantage point of organizational endeavor versus individual initiative. I challenge the view that organizations can readily develop the EI of individuals. I articulate a number of barriers that impair these endeavors. I propose a conceptual map, which illustrates the process of organizations attempting to develop EI, as well as the impact of these barriers. Instead of organizational endeavors to develop EI, I advocate a self-initiated modification of attitudes in order to foster enhanced self-awareness. I argue that this can give rise to the emotional and intellectual growth that lies at the heart of the ability conceptualization of EI. I conclude that the barriers identified can considerably impair the prospect of developing EI in an organizational context. Conversely, encouraging individuals to foster their EI using a personal development initiative may have great remedial effects, transcending the dichotomy of private and organizational life.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Academy of Management
ISSN: 1537-260X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 April 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:58

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