Health Care Leader Competencies and the Relevance of Emotional Intelligence : The Health Care Manager

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Health Care Leader Competencies and the Relevance of Emotional Intelligence

Weiszbrod, Twila DBA, MPA

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The Health Care Manager 39(4):p 190-196, 10/12 2020. | DOI: 10.1097/HCM.0000000000000307


As health care leader competencies continue to be refined and emphasized in health care administration educational programs, the “soft skills” of emotional intelligence have often been implied, but not included explicitly. The purpose of this study was to better understand what relationship, if any, could be identified between health care leader competencies and emotional intelligence. A quantitative correlational method of study was used, utilizing self-assessments and 360-degree assessments of both constructs. There were 43 valid participants in the study, representing the various types of health care delivery systems. Correlational analysis suggested there was a positive relationship; for each unit of increase in emotional intelligence, there was a 0.6 increase in overall health care leadership competence. This study did not suggest causation, but instead suggested that including the study and development of emotional intelligence in health care administration programs could have a positive impact on the degree of leader competence in graduates. Some curricula suggestions were provided, and further study was recommended.

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