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The relationship between personality preferences, self-esteem and emotional competence

Melinde Coetzee, Nico Martins, Johan S Basson, Helene Muller
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 32, No 2 | a233 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v32i2.233 | © 2006 Melinde Coetzee, Nico Martins, Johan S Basson, Helene Muller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 October 2006 | Published: 29 October 2006

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Melinde Coetzee, University of South Africa, South Africa
Nico Martins, University of South Africa, South Africa
Johan S Basson, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Helene Muller, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

The relationship between leaders’ personality preferences, self-esteem and emotional competence is the focus of this article. A study was conducted to analyse the responses of a sample of 107 South African leaders in the manufacturing industry to measures of the three constructs. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Culturefree Self-esteem Inventories for Adults (CFSEI-AD), and the 360° Emotional Competency Profiler (ECP) were administered. Positive relationships were found between the three constructs. The self-esteem construct appeared to be a more reliable predictor of emotional competence than the MBTI personality preferences. The findings of the study make an important contribution to the expanding body of knowledge concerned with the evaluation of personality variables that influence the effectiveness of leaders.

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Emotional competence; Emotional intelligence; Leader development; Personality preferences; Self-esteem

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