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Thinking style preference, emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness

Tessie H. Herbst, Kobus G. Maree
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 34, No 1 | a422 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v34i1.422 | © 2008 Tessie H. Herbst, Kobus G. Maree | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2008 | Published: 24 April 2008

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Tessie H. Herbst, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Kobus G. Maree, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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In this study, the researchers investigate the relationship between thinking style preference, emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness in an institution of higher education. The measuring instruments used were the Neethling Brain Preference Profle (NBPP) and the Mayer, Salovey and Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), as well as the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The sample comprised 138 managers within a higher education institution. The researchers found some evidence to support the relationship between thinking style, emotional intelligence (EI) and leadership effectiveness. The researchers concluded that facets of brain dominance and emotional intelligence may be potentially useful predictors of transformational leadership behaviours.


thinking style; emotional intelligence; transformational leadership; brain dominance; brain hemisphericity


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