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Leaders and their teams : learning to improve performance with emotional intelligence and using choice theory

Schoo, Adrian 2008, Leaders and their teams : learning to improve performance with emotional intelligence and using choice theory, International journal of reality therapy, vol. 27, no. 2, Spring, pp. 40-45.

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Title Leaders and their teams : learning to improve performance with emotional intelligence and using choice theory
Author(s) Schoo, Adrian
Journal name International journal of reality therapy
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Season Spring
Start page 40
End page 45
Publisher Northeastern University
Place of publication Boston, Mass.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1099-7717
Keyword(s) leaders
emotional intelligence
choice (psychology)
health
psychology
Summary Looks at the relationship between emotional intelligence and choice theory in the work world, with particular emphasis on the implications on health and productivity. Most of us have a managing or leading role of some sort, whether at home, in community life, or at work. Also, as a professional, one can be leading through professional expertise and not necessarily because of one's place in the organizational hierarchy. There is an increasing awareness of the role of leadership and team development in organizational development, for example in health care where change is needed to manage the chronic disease burden (Dunbar et al., 2007) and utilizing and retaining a dwindling workforce (Schoo, Stagnitti, Mercer, & Dunbar, 2005). This is forcing leaders and their teams to work as smart as they can with resources that are available to them. Positive leadership has been associated with outcomes that include happy relationships, teamwork, learning, recognition, staff retention, and health and wellbeing. There is evidence that emotionally intelligent leaders in workplaces are able to bring about these positive out- comes because they are attuned to the emotions that move people around them (Goleman, Boyatzis, & McKee, 2002). In this sense, emotion can be defined as aroused energy that takes a direction (Hunt, 2004a) (Latin: e = from, movere = to move). Valerie Hunt regards emotion as the metronome of life (Hunt, 2004b). Although emotion can be a feeling state (e.g., fear, anger, joy, hate or sorrow) associated with action, its energy is, according to Hunt, directed to action, to behave(Hunt, 2004b). As mentioned in an earlier publication (Schoo, 2005), Pert (Flowers, Grubin, & Meryman-Brunner, 1993) regards emotions as a bridge that connects the mental and physical realities (p.187), and sees neuropeptides as the physical representations of these emotions. Negative thoughts and emotions such as excitement and anger have been found to increase gut motility, cancer risk and arterial plaque formation which can lead to a heart infarct (Pert, 1997), whereas positive emotions seem to do the opposite.
Language eng
Field of Research 111709 Health Care Administration
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017858

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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