Ekeh, P. U. and Oladayo, O. T.
This is an expost facto research designed to determine the influence of emotional intelligence on leadership success of secondary school principals in Rivers State of Nigeria. The population consisted 441 principals (243 in public and 198 in private) secondary schools in Rivers State. A sample of 208 principals drawn through simple random sampling technique (balloting) was used. Three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. The instruments used for data collection were Emotional Intelligence Scale (EIS) with a Cronbach alpha reliability co-efficient score of 0.89 by Schutte, Malouff, Simunek, McKenley, Hollander, Bobik, Coston, Greeson, Jedlicka, Rhodes, Wendorf, (2001) and Leadership Success Scale (LSS) adapted from the Development Dimensions International DDI (2009) and Bryan (2005) respectively with a reliability co-efficient score of 0.83. Data of the study were analyzed using Mean (x), Standard Deviation (SD) and t- test. Results got after data analysis indicated that principals of high emotional intelligence demonstrated greater leadership success than their counterpart of low emotional intelligence. While gender was found to be a significant factor of leadership success among principals of high emotional intelligence, age was not found to be a significant factor. It was also found that gender and age were not significance factors of leadership success among principals of low emotional intelligence. Based on these results, recommendations were made including that there should be pre-service assessment of teachers on emotional intelligence and that principals on the job should be given emotional intelligence training to enhance leadership success.
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18th April, 2018
18th April, 2018