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Applying Emotional Intelligence Skills to Leadership and Decision Making in Non-Profit Organizations

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Author(s): James D. Hess | Arnold C. Bacigalupo

Journal: Administrative Sciences
ISSN 2076-3387

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 202;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: non-profit organization | leadership | emotional intelligence | decision-making

ABSTRACT
Non-profit organizations and leaders may benefit from the utilization of behaviors attributed to emotional intelligence. The consideration of emotional intelligence skills becomes a strategy for the development of the non-profit organizational leader’s ability to assess the impact and consequences of decisions, while simultaneously improving the quality and effectiveness of the decision-making process. The purpose of this paper is to identify how emotional intelligence skills can be applied to enhance the leadership decision-making processes within the non-profit organization. Goleman’s (2001) and Boyatzis’ et al. (2000) four essential elements of emotional intelligence and their associated 20 behavioral competencies are utilized to develop a methodology for the practical application of emotional intelligence skills to leadership decision-making within the non-profit organization. A checklist of questions and observations is provided to assist non-profit leaders in the improvement of emotional intelligence awareness, as well as the application of emotional intelligence skills to decisions and decision-making processes.
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