Date of Award

6-2009

Degree Name

MS in Agriculture - Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management

Department

Natural Resources Management

Advisor

Jeffrey A. Jacobs

Abstract

Emotional Intelligence is believed to explain how emotions may be used, monitored, and measured to predict workplace success and failure, the suggestion that if individuals can balance the emotions within themselves and others, they can use their skills to better their organization. This study explored the development of Emotional Intelligence in the ASI Student Manager Team in comparison to Student Government members at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) during the fall 2008 quarter. The Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) was used to assess student leaders’ Emotional Intelligence (EI) development (N = 27). A two sample t-test was used to identify any significant difference in the Emotional Intelligence scores between the two groups. Findings indicated significant training effects on respondent’s scores when considering assertiveness, happiness, and empathy.

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