Emotional Intelligence and Decision Making Styles among Managers

Nazish Shabir, Shazia Khalid

Abstract

The study examined the relationship between emotional intelligence and decision making styles among managers of private organizations managers. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between emotional intelligence and decision making styles. The sample of 150 male managers (M age = 36, SD = 8) were selected from telecommunication organizations. Schutte Self Report Emotional Intelligence Test (Schutte, Malouff, Hall, Haggerty, Cooper, Golden & Dornheim, 1998), and Decision Making Styles Inventory (Nygren &Thomas, 2000) were used for data collection. The results revealed that all dimensions of emotional intelligence (perception of emotions, managing own emotions, managing other’s emotions and utilization of emotions) had positive relationship with decision making styles (analytical, intuitive and regret). Moreover analytical, intuitive and regret decision making style were positive predictors of all dimensions of emotional intelligence. However, managing own emotions was negatively predicted regret decision making style. The present research will be useful for future research and training programs should be arranged in organizations to enhance emotional intelligence in managers so that it may facilitate decision making styles.

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