Date of Award

2012

Degree Name

School Psychology

College

Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree

Ed.S.

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Stephen O’Keefe

Second Advisor

Fred Jay Krieg

Third Advisor

Sandra S. Stroebel

Abstract

Emotional Intelligence is generally defined as encompassing the awareness and understanding of emotions. Emotional Intelligence also incorporates the application of this understanding to decision making, regulation, and self-management. Many theorists have shown that Emotional Intelligence has a significant positive impact on various aspects of teamwork. Today, more companies and organizations use teamwork to solve problems and complete tasks, so exploring elements that enhance teamwork would be beneficial.

This study was designed to support the notion that Emotional Intelligence is an integral part of teamwork. It was hypothesized that Emotional Intelligence has an impact on teamwork by making the team more cohesive. A Spearman’s rho score was calculated between the individual’s Total Emotional Quotient (EQ) score and his/her team rating. The analysis showed that there was a moderate positive correlation (r=.415) between an individual’s Total EQ score and his/her team cohesion rating. This result indicates that as a person’s Total EQ score increases, so does his/her team’s cohesion rating.

Subject(s)

Emotional intelligence.

Teams in the workplace.