A Review of Project Managerial Aspects Influenced by Emotional Intelligence

Shahnazari, Mojde; Pourzolfaghar, Zohreh; Mirza, Muhammad Nabeel
January 2013
Proceedings of the European Conference on Management, Leadership;2013, p475
Conference Proceeding
For many years the meaning of intelligence was associated with intellectuality in academics and specified by IQ or intelligence quotient. Researchers later found out that there are more dimensions to intelligence than a single score. During the 90s Emotional Intelligence was recognized in published literature as one of the assets of human intelligence. According to the recent studies from 2008 till 2013, it has been realized that emotional intelligence is one of the influential factors of effective project management. Different project management competencies have been mentioned to have a connection with level of emotional intelligence in each individual. However there are no compact researches accumulating these different competencies with a conclusion on how the notion of emotional intelligence can help organizations present better project managers and in which aspects. Accordingly the main purpose of this study is to review the emergence of emotional intelligence as an aspect in regards to project management, and to provide a convincing explanation of this association and collect the different point of views. This is achieved by a comparison and compilation of findings in various related literature. The present study clarifies that the relationship between emotional intelligence and project management is inevitable; based on the findings it is indicated that Project management competencies such as team performance management and leadership are proved to be influenced by emotional intelligence. However, it becomes evident through this study that there are details about these statements that seek further research to become more reliable; specially in order to aid organizations thrive on training better individuals and improve their organizational success in the area of project management.


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