Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership in Nurse Managers

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study describes the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and transformational leadership (TL) in nurse managers (NMs).

BACKGROUND:

Effective NM leadership is important as they have direct influence over RN performance and patient outcomes. Research has demonstrated that a TL style generates greater commitment from followers than other leadership styles. EI is 1 potential characteristic of TL.

METHODS:

A descriptive exploratory research study was conducted to correlate EI and TL practices of NMs.

RESULTS:

EI was significantly positively correlated with TL and outcome measures of extra-effort, effectiveness, and satisfaction and significantly negatively correlated with laissez-faire leadership. A positive relationship was found between TL and NMs with advanced education and administrative certification.

CONCLUSION:

Nursing administrators should consider EI characteristics when hiring NMs and lead efforts to advance education to align with organization needs for business and strategic essentials necessary for NM effectiveness.

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