oa Educor Multidisciplinary Journal - Emotional intelligence as a tool to enhance leadership within a private higher education institution - research

Volume 3 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2520-4254
  • E-ISSN: 2663-2349



Academic leaders are generally seen as the stewards of an institution, guiding staff towards achieving individual and institutional goals. Increases in technological innovation, diversified workforces, and heightened competition have resulted in leaders enduring intense pressure to meet the growing demands that are placed on them. These changes act as a catalyst for leaders to engage in an intense learning process to manage the pre-existing intrapersonal and interpersonal relations. Therefore, it is essential that leaders possess a set of significant abilities to facilitate successful and effective daily interactions. The concept of emotional intelligence is argued to be a core component for effective leadership (Baba and Siddiqi, 2017:82). The aim of this study is to investigate the awareness of emotional intelligence amongst academic leaders in a private higher education institution. The adopted research approach conforms to qualitative research. Standardised, open-ended interviews were used to collect primary data, and a thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. The outcome of the study provides informed recommendations on how emotional intelligence can be assimilated within a private higher education institution.

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